The campaign to retain Australian territorial copyright for books has been a great success.

On 11 November, the Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs, Dr Craig Emerson, announced that the Government had decided to leave book copyright rules unchanged.

“In the circumstances of intense competition from online books and e-books, the Government judged that changing the regulations governing book imports is unlikely to have any material effect on the availability of books in Australia,” Dr Emerson said.

The Australian book industry has warmly welcomed the decision.

The Australian Society of Authors’ Executive Director, Dr Jeremy Fisher said the decision was a clear victory for Australia’s literary creators.

“Minister Emerson correctly highlights the fact that e-books and digital technology are having an impact on the Australian publishing industry,” Dr Fisher added.

“The ASA welcomes change. We constantly seek new means to increase authors’ incomes. We are currently in discussions relating to fair contracts for authors with regard to e-books and products such as Kindle. We have also taken an active role in the US-based Google Book Settlement, which will see authors being able to pursue income streams for out-of-print works. The ASA will always seek improved income streams for its members in both print and digital forms.”

The CEO of the Australian Publishers Association, Maree McCaskill, said the decision acknowledged the strong arguments advanced by authors, printers, printing unions, agents and publishers in the debate on the issue.

“As the Government has pointed out, Australian book publishing is under strong competitive pressure and this pressure is likely to intensify,” Ms McCaskill said.

“Australian territorial copyright for books is fundamental to the nation’s dynamic book publishing industry, which is able to develop Australian talent while providing one of the widest ranges of books in the world quickly and at highly competitive prices.

“The Government is to be strongly congratulated for supporting Australian authors, printers, printing workers, agents and publishers.”

Authors, publishers, agents, printing unions and publishers warmly thank all who have supported them in this important campaign. Your support has been vital.

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An author reviews the Productivity Commission’s report on books
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Publishers welcome Conference decision on book copyright
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.
Strengthening creative copyright
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.
Printing Industries tells PM 30 day rule must stay
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Book printing industry viability threatened by Productivity Commission Recommendation
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.
30-day rule must stay
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.
'Half-pregnant’ Productivity Commission report fails to deliver
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’.
Printing Industries Opposes 30 Day Rule Change
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Australian Literary Agents' Association on the Productivity Commission
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Scholars alarmed at outlook on books
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.
Copyright rule plan is a triumph of ideology over evidence: Publishers
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.
Productivity commission study – Booksellers left frustrated and disappointed.
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.
Parallel Importation of Books: ASA rejects findings of Productivity Commission
The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) rejects the findings of the Productivity Commission on the Parallel Importation Restrictions of Books into Australia.
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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.
Book cost claim deceptive
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Sydney Writers Festival – Speech by the Premier, Nathan Rees
Saturday 23 May 2009 "Bob, I’m sorry, on this issue you’re wrong".
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