Celebrating World Book and Copyright Day

April 22, 2020

23 April is a date when many prominent writers have both entered (Halldór Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov) and departed from (Cervantes, Shakespeare) the world. This makes it the perfect candidate for UNESCO’s World Book and Copyright Day: a global tribute to books and authors, their contributions to social and cultural progress, and of course the pleasure of reading (particularly for children).

COVID-19 has forced global school closures and limited people’s ability to move freely. At such a time, books unlock an expansive world of possibility and help us feel connected to people and places beyond ourselves. They educate us, challenge us and increase our capacity for empathy and imagination.

Australia has a vibrant literary scene filled with exceptional storytellers. Copyright Agency is proud to support them and to help foster the creation of new works that bring our unique experiences and voices to life.

Our core mission is to defend copyright, which protects creators and ensures they get fair payment for the use of their work. Last financial year we paid out $116m to writers, publishers and visuals artists, and we also provided grants of close to $2m to a wide range of outstanding writing, publishing and visual arts projects.

Here are some examples of the work we do in the realm of books and literacy:

Books have never been more important than they are now, keeping us entertained, informed and inspired in the face of great challenges. We will continue supporting and standing up for creators during this time so that we can tell diverse Australian stories well into the future.

This World Book and Copyright Day, we hope you’ll join us in doing the same.

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