The Author’s Interest Project @ Disrupted Festival

Writers and readers take note! I'll be at the Disrupted Festival In Perth on Saturday 27 July on a panel with Australian Children's Laureate Morris Gleitzman, Annabel Smith (who you might know from marvelous novels like Whiskey Charley Foxtrot, or her taboo smashing blog series 'How writers earn money') and the CEO of the Australian … Continue reading The Author’s Interest Project @ Disrupted Festival

New podcast: Rebecca Giblin on the need for author rights

I was recently interviewed by Canada's Michael Geist for the LawBytes podcast. We had an energetic conversation about problems with existing approaches to copyright, how they fail authors, and how rethinking them could help us reclaim lost culture and get authors paid. Check out the recording here (and for those of you who aren't pod … Continue reading New podcast: Rebecca Giblin on the need for author rights

Reversion laws: what’s happening elsewhere in the world?

*Note: the figures in this post have been slightly updated for general accuracy and to reflect the sample size being 191 countries, not 193. We’ve been investigating how rights flow between authors and publishers via publishing contracts. Publishers take broad rights, usually for the entire period of copyright. While you can find some provisions for … Continue reading Reversion laws: what’s happening elsewhere in the world?

#notallpublishers

In countries like Australia and the UK, authors' rights are governed almost entirely by publishing contracts. But what do those contracts actually say? As part of the Author's Interest Project, Joshua Yuvaraj and I have gone through the Australian Society of Authors' archive, spanning almost 60 years of publishing contracts. In this keynote for the … Continue reading #notallpublishers

Does Australia really need author rights? A response to industry pushback

[Article by Rebecca Giblin, originally published on Overland] Authors are always put at the centre of Australia’s copyright debates, grounding claims for more rights or fewer exceptions. Despite that, our law has no explicit rights to protect authors in the case of unfair, unclear or outdated contacts. I criticised this state of affairs in the last … Continue reading Does Australia really need author rights? A response to industry pushback

Giblin & Doctorow on book industry consolidation: ’40 years of capitalism with the gloves off’

When we got together last year to talk about the author's interest in copyright, Cory Doctorow had some hugely insightful observations about the impact of book industry consolidation that we couldn't fit into the main video. So here's a little extra: 8 minutes about capitalism! monopolies! the failures of antitrust law! Cross-collaterisation of books! Crucially too … Continue reading Giblin & Doctorow on book industry consolidation: ’40 years of capitalism with the gloves off’