With Russian books accounting for up to 60 percent of its market, Ukraine’s ban on those titles is alarming the country’s publishers and booksellers.
With an election in July, the Australian creative industries, including publishing, are roiled by the Productivity Commission’s draft report on intellectual property, with copyright terms, fair use, and parallel import restrictions in debate.
‘It distresses me to see how anxious our technocrats are to piss all this good work up against the wall.’ Australian ABIA-winner Tim Winton is among those speaking out loudly against shortened copyright terms and other adjustments.
Argentina has severely restricted book imports under the guise of ‘cultural sovereignty,’ but publisher Alejandro Katz sees it xenophobic and anti-intellectual.
By Edward Nawotka The Australian reports that Australian Competition Minister Craig Emerson has suggested a new “compromise” with regard to the proposed changes in parallel importation laws. Instead of eliminating import restrictions and forcing publishers to print an international title within 30 days of overseas release, the new plan would keep the import restriction in place, provided publishers put the …