The hot topic for authors and the book publishing industry is Parallel Importation.
This has wide repercussions for all authors, editors and publishers—particularly independent book publishers.
The Australian Society of Authors website has the latest news and information. The ASA urges us “to write NOW to the Prime Minister and other Cabinet members rejecting the Commission’s findings and demanding the retention of the current balanced system for territorial copyright of books in Australia. Traditional mail is much more effective than email. A template of addresses is available for download on the ASA website http://www.asauthors.org ”
Other sources worth following up are:
Jeremy Fisher’s blog at http://drjeremyfisher.blogspot.com
Australian Copyright Council at http://www.copyright.org.au/news/news_items/inquiries-news/2009-inquiries-news/u29852
Australian Government Productivity Commission
And have your say about Parallel Importation at the ABC Blog at
Are we going to be lazy about Australian literature and the Australian voice? Or are we going to insist, as other countries do, that our literary heritage and literary future are protected; and that the Australian voice continues to be widely read?
Writing Tip for the Day
Write to your politicians about your views on Parallel Importation. This is your opportunity to ensure that Australian literature and stories in the Australian voice continue to thrive and give pleasure to adults and children alike.