Thursday, May 26, 2016

Australia Government Kills Off The Copyright Changes That Were Freaking Out Authors


Federal arts minister Mitch Fifield has squashed any prospect of changes to copyright law in the wake of a draft Productivity Commission report that suggested cutting intellectual property from the current international standard of 70 years after the death of the author to 15-20 years after the work was published.

The idea had alarmed Australian writers who feared they'd lose copyright control during their lifetime. A growing campaign to fight any changes climaxed in Booker Prize-winning author Richard Flanagan railing against the Turnbull government in his keynote address at the Australian Book Industry Awards on Thursday night.

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