Anyone in publishing will tell you that any revenue is to be cherished these days, the internet’s ability to give things away for free is unmatched and it’s hurting anyone that produces content.
Being an author is very hard and they have taken exception to the US Open Library as it will further erode what is an already tenuous financial proposition. A recent examination of the project by the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) found that the site was hosting scanned copies of in-copyright books by Australian authors such as Helen Garner, Michelle de Kretser, Tim Winton and many more.
The ASA has joined with similar organisations in the UK and America to condemn the Internet Archive’s Open Library project, which aims to digitise and distribute books for free.
ASA CEO Juliet Rogers explained that they had approached the Open Library to ask them to remove the books from the site.
Ms Rogers says: “They do have a statement on their own website saying that they work to uphold copyright etc, and we asked them to exercise their own copyright policy and remove books by Australian authors, which are protected by copyright.
“They have another legal opinion that they are relying on, but that’s not OK for Australian authors.
“Their response was that they preferred to deal with the actual authors individually, so we’ve taken them at their word and provided authors – whose books are there without permission – with a draft takedown notice to send to them.
“Given how tremendously difficult it is to earn a living from writing, we are deeply concerned about the Open Library project, which undermines legitimate ebooks sales and standard library practices.”
“It’s not that authors are trying to block people having access to their works, but they depend on their income from their intellectual property and this doctrine of everything should be free – well – how are we going to generate wonderful writing if no-one ever gets paid.”
To check if your work has been published on the site without permission, go to the ASA’s website and follow the instructions. The Copyright Agency would be interested to hear from any of our members, particularly educational publishers, about any copyright infringements.
International Publishers Association joins appeal against Controlled Digital Lending (CDL)
A large coalition of rightholders’ organisations and their representatives joined together to raise awareness about the damage caused by ‘controlled digital lending’, a practice involving the scanning of printed books for distribution online via the internet archive and US and Canadian libraries.
The lure of the bad kid is strong in the early years of high school but their charm fades and by Year 12 the nice kids win out with more friends of the opposite sex, general popularity and better wellbeing. Read More
Some 538 Australian schools are set to receive up to $1000 each, around 500k in total, for environmental projects as the recipients of the first round of the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program. Read More
With over 50 nationalities represented British School Jakarta has a very international student group and a global perspective, the IB program is a good match.
The 2019 SACE Art Show four-week exhibition at Light Square Gallery features paintings and drawings, sculptures, jewellery, costumes and multimedia works created by 129 Year 12 students. Read More
Vivid Sydney has launched its inaugural Vivid School giving High School students in Years 9-12 the opportunity to meet artists behind the event’s light installations and inform them about careers in creative industries. Read More