May 8, 2016

5 Seriously Dumb Myths About Copyright

Canadian novelist, poet and Executive Director of The Writers’ Union of Canada, John Degen wrote a no-nonsense piece debunking the five lazy lies routinely deployed about copyright. We have republished it with John’s permission. 5 Seriously Dumb Myths About Copyright that the Media Should Stop Repeating By John Degen I get it — copyright is complex and, frankly, not all […]

May 3, 2016

Content industry hits out at proposed changes to copyright

The Copyright Agency’s response to the changes proposed by the Productivity Commission has been published in The Australian Financial Review Copyright Agency chief executive Adam Suckling said the introduction of a long-debated US-style “fair use” exception for the use of copyright material would curtail the production of Australian content and destabilise an industry that contributed $7.4 billion to the economy. Read the […]

April 19, 2016

US Authors Guild’s review of Google Books case denied

The U.S. Supreme Court has today denied to review an appeal to the case Authors Guild v. Google  The decision leaves standing the view that copying and providing access to some millions of copyright protected books for profit-making purposes and without payment to authors is “fair”. “Today authors suffered a colossal loss,” said Authors Guild president Roxana Robinson. […]

Michael Robotham

December 3, 2015

Copyright and Piracy: Michael Robotham

First let me say that I am passionate about freedom of speech, freedom of thought and freedom of expression. I also want to laud the digitalisation of media as one of the greatest breakthroughs in history. Until a few years ago, despite being translated into 23 languages, my psychological thrillers were accessible to a relatively […]

November 25, 2015

Miles Franklin authors share insights

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund gives $5000 to each shortlisted Miles Franklin Award author each year. We asked two of them about their writing processes; how such a payment benefits them; and what copyright means to them. CRAIG SHERBORNE, author of Tree Palace: “In the morning when everything’s quiet, I do 200, max 500 words in […]

Books

October 7, 2015

UN initiative will transform the lives of millions of readers

It’s a sad fact that over 93% of books in the world are not published in accessible formats for blind, visually impaired or print disabled readers. In June 2013, the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) adopted the Marrakesh Treaty to help solve this book famine which has become a human rights issue. Australia has signed […]

October 6, 2015

Celebrating education publishing excellence in Australia

Technology is now enabling educational publishers to create resources that deliver personalised learning to students. Discovering and nurturing the talent within each student is the new paradigm in the classroom and Australian publishers’ are offering innovative products and solutions that equip students with the skills they will need in the new digital economy. Each year […]

September 16, 2015

South Australian Author Awarded Copyright Agency J.M. Coetzee Writing Fellowship

South Australian author Dr Cath Kenneally has been awarded $30,000 as the first Copyright Agency J.M. Coetzee Writing Fellow at the University of Adelaide. Made possible with funding from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, the fellowship will provide Dr Kenneally a six-month residency at the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice (at the University of […]

Image Credit: Justine Youssef, Under the table I learnt how to feed you 2019, installation view, There is fiction in the spaces between: John Fries Award 2019, UNSW Galleries, Sydney. Courtesy of the artist, John Fries Award and Copyright Agency. Photograph: Jessica Maurer.

Image Credit: Madison Bycroft, Gong Farmer Shit Stirrer and the maiden of grief, 2019 (detail, still), digital video installation, courtesy and © of the artist.

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