The Author’s Interest project (in partnership with Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre) recently put on an event exploring some of the tricky reasons why many authors’ incomes have recently seen such sharp declines – and mulling over ways to increase their share.
With me on the panel were: Canadian-British author and activist Cory Doctorow, writer’s agent Alex Adsett and lawyer Zoe Rodriguez (who worked for 15 years at the Copyright Agency Limited collecting society.)
We covered a wide range of issues during a spirited (and at times fiery) discussion to a packed house. We spoke about how the contracts adopted by some publishers are hurting Australian authors (Alex’s explanation of export royalties was particularly illuminating), the current battlelines (audiobooks!) and how might we change the balance of power – including whether unionisation could help.
If you missed it, you can watch the full broadcast below.