The difference between copyright’s rewards and incentives (and what it means for getting creators paid)

One of the main reasons we grant copyright is an incentive: we want to encourage people to make things, and companies to invest in making them available. But it's not just about incentives (which is why my colleague Kim Weatherall and I told the Productivity Commission that it would be wrong to treat copyright as being purely economic … Continue reading The difference between copyright’s rewards and incentives (and what it means for getting creators paid)

Fat horses & starving sparrows: On bullshit in copyright debates

‘One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit’ – so begins moral philosopher Harry Frankfurt’s treatise on bullshit and its function. Bullshit comes, he argues, from one who ‘does not care whether the things he says describe reality correctly’, but says them regardless, in pursuit of their … Continue reading Fat horses & starving sparrows: On bullshit in copyright debates

Everything he does, he does it for us. Why Bryan Adams is on to something important about copyright

Rebecca Giblin, Monash University Last Tuesday Bryan Adams entered the copyright debate. That’s Bryan Adams the singer and songwriter, the composer of “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You”, and “Summer of ’69”. Authors, artists and composers often have little bargaining power, and are often pressured to sign away their rights to their publisher … Continue reading Everything he does, he does it for us. Why Bryan Adams is on to something important about copyright

E-lending in public libraries: implications for authors

When I'm not working on the Author's Interest project, I'm leading a team of data science, communication and law researchers to investigate e-lending in public libraries. Here's some of us, beavering away at data collection last year Libraries have always been able to buy and lend physical books without needing anyone's permission. For e-books it's … Continue reading E-lending in public libraries: implications for authors

New rights for French authors: what’s working and what’s still to get done?

A few weeks ago I visited the Société des gens de lettres (Society of People of Letters), a writers' society founded 180 years ago by Balzac, Hugo, Dumas and Sand. It is one of some eighteen societies with the mission of protecting authors' interests in France. I was particularly interested in finding out what the SDGL … Continue reading New rights for French authors: what’s working and what’s still to get done?