Australia has a rich and diverse literary heritage, but much of it is out of print and unavailable to buy or borrow. Many acclaimed novels, powerful poetry collections, ground-breaking plays, award-winning works that explore our country’s history, and much-loved children’s books have dropped out of circulation, often because they’re no longer commercially viable to publishers. … Continue reading Unveiling ‘Untapped’: the Australian Literary Heritage Project
Marco Villar, CC BY Rebecca, Ula, and I are very excited to be presenting on reversion rights with Professor Caroline Ncube (University of Cape Town) and Brianna Schofield (Authors Alliance, US) on Thursday, 22 Oct 2020, 9:00 UTC (20:00 AEDT) at the Creative Commons Global Summit 2020. We look forward to seeing you all there! … Continue reading Creative Commons Global Summit 2020 – Abstracts and Bios
Image from pixabay.com At the Author's Interest Project, we've been looking at reversion rights: that is, an author's rights to regain copyright after a specified time or when certain criteria are met, like a book going out of print. We've looked at why reversion rights matter and why publishing contracts are often inadequate repositories for … Continue reading Exciting new research on the US termination right
João Pombeiro, CC BY We (Ula, Rebecca, and Joshua) are thrilled to announce that the Author's Interest Project will be presenting our research at the Creative Commons Global Summit 2020! Together with Brianna Schofield (US Authors Alliance) and Dr Caroline Ncube (University of Cape Town, South Africa), we'll be talking about reversion rights, why they … Continue reading The Author’s Interest Project at Creative Commons Global Summit 2020!
I'm delighted to announce that the Copyright Society of Australia and the Intellectual Property Research Institution of Australia are hosting their first joint seminar. It will feature findings from the Author's Interest Project's recent research into publishing contracts, and a lively discussion about the case for introducing new baseline minimum legal protections into Australian law. … Continue reading Are contracts enough? The case for better creator protections in Australia
Hello, Cześć, Ciao. My name is Ula Furgał and I joined the Author’s Interest Project a few months ago. I am a postdoctoral researcher at the CREATe Centre, University of Glasgow, Scotland. As an odd European out, I am looking into the European solutions which allow rights to revert back to the authors, in the … Continue reading Introducing Ula Furgał
As our research has shown, publishing contracts (almost always) last for the entire term of copyright, and cover a broad range of rights and uses - commonly all territories worldwide, and all languages. But publishers don't always actually exploit all the rights they take for any given title, and in most cases they stop meaningfully … Continue reading The availability of Miles Franklin winners as ebooks, audiobooks and in print
We at the Author's Interest Project are delighted to announce the opening of applications for Visiting Fellowships in 2020 and 2021. These Fellowships are intended to support outstanding emerging researchers to conduct innovative research into creators’ rights in the outstanding research environment of the Melbourne Law School. This is a unique opportunity to travel to … Continue reading Visiting Fellowships to work on creators’ rights in Melbourne
For the last 18 months we've been working hard on research analysing reversion clauses in publishing contracts. That research has now been accepted for publication and will soon appear in the Melbourne University Law Review. In the meantime though, it is freely available to download here! This work demonstrates that book publishing contracts are simply … Continue reading Our new research on publishing contracts is now freely available!
I was delighted to kick off the year by chatting with Joanna Penn on her Creative Penn Podcast - lucky episode 473..! We spoke about how authors can empower themselves by improving their knowledge of copyright copyright, as well as all kinds of opportunities and challenges coming down the pipeline via AI technologies. For the … Continue reading Rebecca Giblin on the Creative Penn podcast