Alibrandi, Francesca, You and the Productivity Commission

Hi all,

shared below is a post from one of my favourite Australian YA authors, Melina Marchetta, on the implications of the Productivity Commission’s proposed changes to intellectual property on the Australian publishing industry, Australian writers and readers.

A personal perspective:

Melina Marchetta

The book industry is not a protected industry. We are not asking for money, or for a subsidy. We are asking for the same rules and intellectual property rights that prevail for writers and book publishers in the USA, in Britain, in Europe.

(Peter Carey, Thomas Keneally, Richard Flanagan)

Please keep on reading if you are an Australian reader, or if you love reading Australian books.

Some of you may have heard on Twitter or Facebook or the mainstream media about Parallel import restrictions (PIRs). You may be as confused as I’ve been, so below I thought I’d give a bit of a personal dummy’s guide to the proposals (me being the dummy). Two things to remember. None of the following is anti-foreign publishers, nor is it anti-buying cheap books online.

So let’s use Saving Francesca as an example. In 2003 it was first published in Australia by Penguin Books…

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