Are contracts enough? The case for better creator protections in Australia

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

The availability of Miles Franklin winners as ebooks, audiobooks and in print

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

Visiting Fellowships to work on creators’ rights in Melbourne

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

Our new research on publishing contracts is now freely available!

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!

The Public Lending Right and its Role in a Modern Australia

Hello, my name is Daniel Gilbert, and I am excited to announce that I’ve joined the team here at the Author’s Interest Project. I’m shadowed by my unofficial research assistant, Butter – who will be facilitating meetings and enforcing minimum standards of vitamin D absorption across the team. As for me, my work focuses on … Continue reading The Public Lending Right and its Role in a Modern Australia

Are authors’ rights ‘all taken care of’ by their contracts? Our new research suggests not.

Book authors are (almost always) the first owners of their copyrights. They typically licence or transfer their rights to publishers to get their books to market. 'Reversion' refers to the return of those rights to authors - for example, after a certain period of time, or where a book has gone out of print, or … Continue reading Are authors’ rights ‘all taken care of’ by their contracts? Our new research suggests not.

#disruptedfestival: The truth about making a living as a writer

They say everyone has a book in them, but can everyone afford to write it? Authors Annabel Smith, and Morris Gleitzman, and ASA CEO Juliet Rogers joined me in Perth last month to pull back the curtain on the taboo topic of the economics of independent publishing and the realities of Australian author incomes. You can watch the panel via the link below: … Continue reading #disruptedfestival: The truth about making a living as a writer