This Book Changed my Life

September 21, 2016

Global copyright peak calls on Govt to reject proposed copyright changes

The global copyright organisation, IFRRO, passed a resolution at its Asia Pacific Committee meeting recently expressing strong concerns about potential copyright law changes in Australia. The meeting of 21 representatives from 10 countries has written to the Australian Government and parliamentarians, urging them to reject the Productivity Commission’s copyright recommendations should the final report (to be […]

September 9, 2016

Literature under threat if copyright changes are adopted

On the day of the announcement of the Miles Franklin Award (26 August), author Anna Funder wrote in The Age, “Even as a child I knew that the books that got the gold sticker tapped into something profound about humanity and about this country. When my book All That I Am won in 2012, though I was far […]

August 29, 2016

Copyright Agency responds to comments on copyright in The Age

This is a response to Peter Martin’s comment piece in The Sunday Age on 28 August. Not only has Peter Martin made basic factual errors in his article on copyright but by invoking book burning in Nazi Germany Mr Martin profoundly offends millions of people and shows he has lost perspective in his coverage of […]

Kim Williams

August 26, 2016

Keeping the focus on ‘Brilliant Careers’

Melbourne Writers’ Festival 2016 Opening Night Speech by Kim Williams on the Miles Franklin Award What does it take to produce a superb work of literature? Talent, intelligence and the perseverance of an explorer, perhaps even a fictitious one such as Johann Ulrich Voss. A writer needs patience, time and a quiet place to encounter an […]

August 26, 2016

A. S. Patrić wins the 2016 Miles Franklin Award

Author A. S. Patrić has won the prestigious 2016 Miles Franklin Literary Award for his debut novel, Black Rock White City. The award, announced at the opening night of the Melbourne Writers Festival tonight, has delivered Mr Patrić $60,000 in prize money from the Miles Franklin Trust, managed by Perpetual. As one of the five […]

August 18, 2016

Artists Subvert and Challenge in John Fries Award 2016

Two Victorian artists have dominated this year’s Copyright Agency | Viscopy John Fries Award for emerging artists announced tonight by the prize’s benefactor Vivienne Fries in Sydney. The $10,000 award winner is Eric Demetriou, while Jessie Bullivant was Highly Commended for her work. Demetriou’s installation piece, An Afternoon with Herb Jercher, is a work combining […]

August 17, 2016

Safeguarding Australian Creativity – What’s Really at Stake over Copyright Reform

The following is the speech by Kim Williams as delivered at the Melbourne Press Club on Thursday, 17 August 2016. “We are gathered today on the ancestral lands of the Kulin nation and I would like to acknowledge them as the traditional owners. I pay my respects to Elders past and present and to the […]

August 17, 2016

Kim Williams calls for rejection of PC report

Chair of the Copyright Agency, Kim Williams AM, has warned that the next generation of Jimmy Barneses, Magda Szubanksis and George Millers will be in short supply should the recommendations of the Productivity Commission’s draft report into Intellectual Property come to pass. Mr Williams said that unless the Commission retreated from its extreme recommendations, policy […]

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