• Copyright review update

    Copyright review update   Jenny Nagle and Mandy Hager met with Kris Faafoi, the Minister responsible for the Copyright Review, last week. They were accompanied by Paula Browning (pictured) and Pat Walsh from CLNZ and Tom Rennie and Julia Marshall from PANZ. This meeting was our long-awaited opportunity to present the industry’s strong concerns regarding […]

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  • CREATECH UK CEO, CogXspeech – The relationship between creative and tech is more important than ever…

    8 June 2020 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered) Caroline Dinenage’s keynote speech at the CogX Createch Stage Thank you for that introduction, and many thanks for inviting me to speak here today. I’m delighted to be participating in Createch 2020 at CogX.  Let me start by saying two things: First, that […]

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  • How the Government forces authors to give books to people with disability, but refuses to pay for them

    Jun 02 2020   OPINION: The Government this year signed an international treaty to give free access to books for people with a disability who can’t handle print copies. Few would argue about increasing opportunities for those with a disability. But, Kiwi authors won’t be compensated for taking their work and giving it away free. […]

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  • AAP Member-Publishers File Copyright Infringement Suit Against Internet Archive – long overdue lawsuit!

      Alleging ‘a profound disrespect for the value chain of copyright,’ the Association of American Publishers goes to court over the Internet Archive’s ‘National Emergency Library’ and ‘Open Library.’   Image – iStockphoto: Light Scribe Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief AAP: Internet Archive ‘Bludgeons the Legal Framework’ Today (June 1), four publisher-members of the Association of American Publishers—including […]

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  • BUDGET 2020 Libraries to help with jobs and community recovery 27/5/2020

    The Minister said that the package also includes a 20% increase to the Public Lending Right fund – the money that is paid to New Zealand authors that have books available through our public libraries. The $1.6 million extra over four years is the first increase to the fund since 2008.   LIANZA President, Rachel […]

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  • CLNZ – Copyright Licensing New Zealand – latest news

    As New Zealand adjusts to its new ‘normal’ and begins its long journey out of the lock down stages, we wanted to share with you a number of opportunities that are currently available to New Zealand writers and authors. Both the CLNZ/NZSA Writers’ Award and Research Grants were brought forward in response to the COVID-19 […]

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  • The price of literature: writers take on Government over fair pay

    By Kelly Dennett  May 24 2020 Writers fear their ability to earn will be further eroded as the results of reviews affecting their revenue streams near completion.   Maurice Gee recalls it wasn’t until he was mid-career that he and his wife felt financially comfortable enough for him to commit to his writing full-time. By that […]

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  • CLNZ $120,000 Contestable Fund Grants awarded – recipients announced

    We are pleased to announce the successful recipients of the Special Round of Contestable Fund Grants 2020.   In order to support the industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, Copyright Licensing New Zealand released a special fund of $120,000 for short-term projects that could be started straight away and completed by the end of September this […]

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  • Trump Administration Would ‘Eviscerate’ Copyright, Say Industry Players

    In News by Porter Anderson   May 8, 2020 The effort by the Office of Science and Technology Policy to change intellectual property protections in research publication draws ‘serious legal, policy, and economic concerns.’   ‘Weakening US Leadership’ In what a study from University College of London’s Genetics Institute has revealed this week, by December, […]

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  • Canadian Publishers on Court Setback: ‘Copyright Framework Is Broken’

    May 4, 2020 A new court decision condemns certain ‘fair use’ guidelines by the educational sector, but doesn’t support the mandate to pay the fees set by Canada’s copyright board. At York University in Toronto. Image – iStockphoto: Peter Spiro By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson ‘Illegal and Unfair Copying on a Systematic Basis’ After […]

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  • In its World Intellectual Property Day statement, the IPA warns against ‘a pretext of emergency access.’

    In News by Porter AndersonApril 27, 2020 IPA on Intellectual Property Day: ‘How Much Value Publishers Bring’ French citizens wait to enter a shop in Chartres under lockdown restrictions on April 4. Image – iStockphoto: Razvan ‘When We Need a Strong Legal Framework’ The springtime march of international issue observance days—as we wrote in our […]

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  • World Book and Copyright Day – international news

    By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson FEP Predicts a 25-Percent Loss of Revenue   Much of the World Book and Copyright Day messaging of the past 25 years since UNESCO approved the observance has been given to reveries about the charms of reading—especially with your children. A UNESCO proclamation approved at the agency’s Paris general […]

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