Writing is something dear to my heart. Serious authors, to me, are the bravest of the dreamers who dream wonderful (and nightmarish!) dreams. They have given me such an amazing world to explore for as long as I can remember. Something for which I am eternally grateful. This is something not widely discussed in our current political debate. Please read this article by Josephine Moon about changes to the Publishing Industry by the Government. Petition within.
I am distressed.
Right now I feel like never writing another book. And I’ll try to explain why as simply as I can, trying to untangle the messy political drama that is about to change the entire Australian publishing industry and how it affects me personally.
The government has proposed and recommended that Australia does two things:
- Introduce parallel importation
- Drastically reduce copyright protection to just 15 years.
(You can sign the petition to tell the government you don’t want this to happen right here.)
How does parallel importation affect me and you?
- The first point I want to make sure you know is that our contemporaries, the USA and the UK do not have parallel importation. We would be going against them. (Which doesn’t make sense, right?)
- The next point I want to make is that New Zealand lifted their parallel importation laws and rather than seeing cheaper…
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