September 23, 2016

US economic research finds copyright should be more robust in the digital age

As the Productivity Commission delivers to Government what’s expected to be a controversial report into Intellectual Property today, research from the US questions the push for relaxing Australia’s copyright rules. The Chief Economist of Washington’s Phoenix Center for Advanced Legal and Economic Public Policy Studies, Dr. George S. Ford, has weighed into Australia’s current copyright […]

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 […]

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. […]

December 7, 2015

PwC Report says copyright changes should be ‘evidence based’

Changes to Australia’s copyright laws to a US-style ‘fair use’ model would ‘undermine incentives to invest, trigger company closures and smash local creativity’, according to a cost-benefit analysis by PwC – as reported in the Australian Financial Review article: Don’t change copyright law, urges PwC. The view is supported by the Copyright Agency, along with other media […]

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 […]

September 15, 2015

How technology can solve the copyright wars

By Copyright Hub CEO, Dominic Young A million years ago I was a lowly worm at the biggest national newspaper in London. My job was to sell content from the newspapers to clients around the world. Typically, someone would phone up, having seen, say, a photo in the paper, and ask if they could buy […]

September 14, 2015

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 […]

September 14, 2015

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 […]

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Image Credit: Image courtesy of Australian Publishers' Association. Photo: Irene Lorberg Photography.

Image Credit: Akil Ahamat, So the spaces between us can stay soft, 2018. Single channel video, stereo sound; installation, 3D printed resin, chrome, concrete, 80 x 50 x 45cm. © Akil Ahamat | Licensed by Copyright Agency

Image Credit: CREATE judges left to right: Geordie Williamson, Terri Bird and Gail Jones. Photo: Copyright Agency.

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