Exciting new research on the US termination right

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

The Author’s Interest Project at Creative Commons Global Summit 2020!

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!

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