• International Children’s Book Day April 2

    Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, 2 April, International Children’s Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books.   Each year a different National Section of IBBY has the opportunity to be the international sponsor of ICBD. It decides upon a theme […]

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  • Copyright Agency takes Government of New South Wales to Copyright Tribunal

    The Copyright Agency in Australia will be taking the Government of New South Wales (NSW) to Copyright Tribunal after it has failed to make proper payment for using copyrighted materials. According to the Copyright Agency these breaches of copyright have taken place over five years and have led to up to 200 million pages of copyrighted material […]

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  • Internet Archive – scans and uploads books en masse – MASS INFRINGEMENTS!

    The Internet Archive is a San Francisco–based nonprofit digital library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. It seeks donations of hard-copy books from libraries and individuals and then scans, digitises, and offers them for lending and downloading without paying royalties or PLR. Alerts about this website have been posted by the Society […]

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  • Amazon Is Thriving Thanks to Taxpayer Dollars…and government food stamps

    The tech giant has received more than $1 billion in tax breaks. The government is also funding food stamps for many of its workers. BY DAVID DAYEN January 10, 2018 As Amazon builds up its distribution network, it’s hit on a trick long practiced by the likes of Walmart: using the federal government to help pay its workers. […]

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  • PEN America and PEN Center USA Unite Against Threats to Expression

    PEN Center USA in LA to Join Forces with PEN America in New York to Create National Organization   PEN America and PEN Center USA will join forces in 2018 as a stronger national organization under the banner of PEN America, uniting writers coast to coast to bolster the defense of free expression in the […]

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  • Fire and Fury – the right to freedom of speech under threat in the US

    ABA and Authors Guild Slam Trump’s Legal Campaign Against ‘Fire and Fury’ By Jim Milliot | Jan 04, 2018 A range of book industry organizations, including the ABA and the Authors Guild, have issued public condemnations of President Trump’s attempt to block Henry Holt’s publication of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House by Michael Wolff. […]

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  • Protecting copyright is crucial to fostering creativity

    Protecting copyright is crucial to fostering creativity   Copyright Agency Limited chairman Kim Williams.Picture: Stuart McEvoy The issues of copyright and respect for creators is a great policy challenge in Australian creative life. The rights of creators are under siege on many fronts: • no consideration to who loses out when books, music, TV or […]

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  • Author Richard Flanagan says artists are held in contempt by those in power

    Award-winning author Richard Flanagan has accused politicians from both major parties of holding Australian artists in contempt and “frequently and assiduously” acting against their interests. Flanagan also said in a speech to the Copyright Agency that Australia faced the prospect of its culture being the “milch cow” of tech giants Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple, who he described […]

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  • Focus on Fair Use: Debunking Copyright’s Snake Oil Salesmen

    Focus on Fair Use: Debunking Copyright’s Snake Oil Salesmen By Keith Kupferschmid,   1 December 2017   I was on the phone last week talking to someone about a potential partnership between our two organizations that could benefit individual creators. We began by exchanging information about our respective organizations. He spoke first, and I followed. After […]

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  • Thirty-four excellent kiwi kids’ books ripe for reading – The Sapling’s picks

      Children’s book website The Sapling has released its inaugural Best Books List over the past week, listing 34 homegrown books that cover every reading interest and genre published in New Zealand. ‘Since launching in March, we have read or paid others to read almost every single book published in New Zealand. While even we […]

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  • #NZChristmasBookChallenge and #ReadtoSucceed

    This Christmas, make one of your gifts a book by a NZ writer, published by a NZ publisher, bought from a NZ book shop.  #NZChristmasBookChallenge We are promoting a ‘BUY NZ Books’ campaign for Christmas. With the tight economics of book publishing in NZ and the reduced retail visibility of books, we know that if we all buy one book […]

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  • CLIMATEKEYS: KEYBOARD CONVERSATIONS ACROSS THE WORLD – NZ

    A series of piano recitals and climate discussions are being held around the globe in November, timed to coincide with the United Nations COP 23 conference being held in Bonn, Germany. An acclaimed pianist will play a concert – 30 minutes. This will be followed by a vigorous discussion facilitated by a climate change scientist […]

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