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

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 […]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Copyright Agency awards inaugural Author Fellowship

The Copyright Agency has awarded its inaugural $40,000 Author Fellowship to Mark Henshaw. The announcement was made at the Australian Society of Authors Congress dinner on Friday, 11 September 2015. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Mr Henshaw chose a career as a curator at the National Gallery over the penurious writer’s life, despite his first […]

Our culture will pay for loss of rights, says Turow

American best-selling author and former President of the US Authors’ Guild, Scott Turow, addressed the Australian Society of Authors’ Congress recently. He urged authors to stand united to retain their rights and for readers to back them through buying their books. Read this edited version of his engaging and informative speech, which was published in […]

Image Credit: Author Fellow, Rodney Hall. Photo by Ross Bird. Non-Fiction Fellow, Krissy Kneen. Photo by Anthony Mullins. Visual Artist Fellow, Khaled Sabsabi. Photo by Khaled Sabsabi.

Image Credit: 2020 Reading Australia Fellow, Karen Yager. Photo by Paul Wright.

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