February 26, 2009

Definitely not a new issue, but there’s a new website dedicated to preventing ‘the surrendering of Australian copyright’ that could be effected by Productivity Commission’s upcoming review of Australia’s territorial copyright. It contains some info, including what you can do now that submissions to the Commission have closed.

A couple of weeks ago, I had a conversation with someone about the effects of changing the law on the publishing industry. I agree with the majority of Australian publishers, authors and printers, who think that relinquishing Australian copyright would be extremely detrimental to the local industry in exchange for only an illusory benefit (it’s unlikely that the change would make books substantially cheaper). However, my companion mentioned that a virtually identical law was passed in regards to the music industry. I did a bit of research and came up with a fairly technical article about the Copyright Amendment Act (No 2) 1998 which I’m going to try and read over the weekend.

I’m not sure that the analysis will be directly applicable to the publishing industry, seeing as 60% of books bought by Australians are Australian books, compared with a paltry 10% of music. I have yet to do my big read-up on this stuff, but there are plenty of submissions at the Productivity Commission website to keep you going, if you’re interested. Some big hefty ones from publishers and lots of heartfelt, personal ones from authors.

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On another note, the Nestlé Lifesavers icypole is a disappointing ice confection item. Partly the fault of the vendor (too cold and hard) but also contains the least compelling flavours I’ve ever had the misfortune of experiencing in an icypole. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.


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