Reversion laws: what’s happening elsewhere in the world?

*Note: the figures in this post have been slightly updated for general accuracy and to reflect the sample size being 191 countries, not 193. We’ve been investigating how rights flow between authors and publishers via publishing contracts. Publishers take broad rights, usually for the entire period of copyright. While you can find some provisions for … Continue reading Reversion laws: what’s happening elsewhere in the world?

Five ways to boost Australian writers’ earnings

By changing our approach to author rights, we can help writers earn more. shutterstock Rebecca Giblin, Monash University and Joshua Yuvaraj, Monash University Who makes the money in publishing? Nobody. This often repeated dark joke highlights a serious issue. The most recent figures show that Australian authors earn just $12,900 a year from writing work … Continue reading Five ways to boost Australian writers’ earnings

British reversion right tested with Frank Sinatra songs

We've written before about 'reversion' laws - which protect authors by helping them recover their copyrights in certain situations. So you might be interested in knowing about a current American court case involving songs sung by Frank Sinatra.  Warner/Chappell, a publishing company, is suing another company, Bourne Co, who gets the royalties from songs written by composer … Continue reading British reversion right tested with Frank Sinatra songs

Copyright, Contracts and Creators – A Presentation by Professor Ruth Towse

We recently attended a presentation held by the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA) at the Melbourne Business School by Professor Ruth Towse of Bournemouth University, who, like the Author’s Interest Project’s Rebecca Giblin, is also a Fellow of CREATe.  Professor Towse is an eminent cultural economist and has written widely about creative labour … Continue reading Copyright, Contracts and Creators – A Presentation by Professor Ruth Towse