The Government has decided not to change the Australian regulatory regime for books introduced by the previous Labor government.
Bendigo Federal MP Steve Gibbons will attend and speak at a protest rally in Melbourne on Wednesday, November 11 as the campaign against changes to territorial copyright laws affecting the book publishing and printing industries gains pace.
Australians will be able to buy digital books over the counter at bookstores from next year using a digital distribution system constructed for Australian book publishers.
Printing Industries has accused the Federal Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs, Craig Emerson of a “sham” in attempting to retain the territorial copyright provisions in name while ending the 30-day rule.
Author Robyn Webb reviews the Productivity Commission’s report on Australian territorial copyright on books and finds it wanting. ‘the logic and research in the Report is flawed, uses selective reasoning and has been cooked-up to serve the interests of a marginal group of stakeholders,” Robyn concludes. See full report
The Productivity Commission’s response to a critical analysis of its report on book copyright shows it is getting increasingly desperate to defend its discredited price analysis, Australian publishers said today.
Australian bookbuyers are getting a great deal with the new Dan Brown book, The Lost Symbol, released today.
This study reviews the report ‘Restrictions on the Parallel Import of Books' by the Productivity Commission of the Australian government(henceforth:
report).It is concluded that the report provides an insufficient basis for a policy reform as it does not collect the information about the relevant market that is necessary for an evaluation of the status-quo and economic impact of alternative policy proposals.
Two leading international economists have questioned the report by the Productivity Commission which recommends abolishing Australian territorial copyright for books.
“The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr, has poured cold water on the Productivity Commission’s recommendations on abolition of Australian territorial copyright for books."
A decision by the ALP Conference in Sydney establishing a working group to examine the Productivity Commission’s recommendations to end territorial copyright has been welcomed by Printing Industries.
The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) welcomes yesterday’s resolution of the ALP National Conference “that the Government should give priority to encouraging Australians to keep on buying Australian books and to maximising the economic, cultural and creative viability of Australian literature and Australian book industries”.
Media Release: 30 July 2009 Australian publishers have welcomed a decision by the ALP’s National Conference to set
up a working group to report to the Federal Government on the Productivity Commission
recommendation to abolish territorial copyright for books.
Media Release: 21 July 2009 The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences today said the Productivity Commission's recommendations to reduce copyright protection for publishers and authors were of great concern.
Media Release: 20 July 2009 The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, Labor Ministers, the National Party, Independents and Greens have been targeted in a campaign launched by Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries) to head off the Productivity Commission recommendations to end territorial copyright.
Media Release: 14 July 2009 The Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries) has condemned the recommendations contained in the final report of the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into book copyright provisions released today.
Media Release: 28 April 2009 The Printing Industries Association of Australia (Printing Industries) has strongly advocated the retention of the 30-day rule in its final submission to the Productivity Commission's current inquiry into restrictions on the parallel importation of books.
Press Release: 24 March 2009 Printing Industries has slammed the Productivity Commission’s draft recommendations to remove restrictions on the parallel importation of books and has branded them a prescription for being ‘half pregnant’.
Press Release: 16 July 2008 Printing Industries' CEO Philip Andersen has confirmed that the Association will oppose any Federal Government attempts to remove the 30 day rule.
Press Release: July 14 2009 The Australian Literary Agents’ Association (ALAA) is not surprised by the findings of the Productivity Commission in their report on the Restrictions on the Parallel Importation of Books into Australia released today.
Media Release: 14 July 2009 The Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH) and the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia(ASSA) today responded with concern to the Productivity Commission’s proposal to remove Parallel
Import Restrictions that provide some buffer for local authors, publishers and local booksellers against
the overwhelming force of global content and commercial power.
Media Release: 14 July 2009 Australian publishers say the Productivity Commission’s plan to abolish territorial copyright for Australian books is a triumph of arid, free-market dogma over evidence, and that it would cause great damage if accepted.
Media Release: 14th July 2009 Australian Booksellers Association CEO, Malcolm Neil said that the productivity commission appear to have listened to only a small segment of the market, and that their lack of response to bookseller concerns leaves them frustrated and disappointed.
The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) rejects the findings of the Productivity Commission on the Parallel Importation Restrictions of Books into Australia.
Media Release: 25 June 2009 Australian book publishers today asked Federal MPs and Senators to closely examine
claims by booksellers Dymocks, Wesfarmers and Woolworths about UK and Australian book prices.
Media Release: 22 June 2009 Claims by bookseller Dymocks about UK and Australian prices for Tim Winton’s award-winning book Breath are deceptive, say Australian book publishers.
Saturday 23 May 2009 "Bob, I’m sorry, on this issue you’re wrong".
Media Release: 14 June 2009 Exchange rates drive book prices A new study of book price differences between Australia, the UK and the US has shown that prices are driven by exchange rate movements, not copyright rules.