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Promoting and protecting the professional interests of Australia's literary creators
Promoting and protecting the professional interests of Australia's literary creators

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The Australian Copyright Council have filed a 'friend of the court' brief with the US Supreme Court over a free-to-air television service today. Interesting to note this US case has not called on fair use doctrine. "Some commentators have suggested that if Australia had a fair use doctrine, it would resolve the controversies surrounding cloud-based services such as Optus’ now defunct TV Now. The current litigation in the US Supreme Court reminds us that a fair use defence will only apply where it can be argued that the use in question is fair." http://ow.ly/ucTYb

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“Although most secondary schools have students working online on their own laptops, iPads, etc, Australian ebooks suitable for that age group are not featured in curriculum." The complicated realities of getting Australian ebooks into schools.

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"One Torres Strait Island school was directed to dispose of its library books and replace them with ebooks, obviously without much thought to maintenance problems and IT availability. The logistics of getting a techie there by boat in cyclone season are mindboggling." Have you read Sheryl Gwyther's very concerning letter to Australian Author on the decline of Teacher-Librarians and print-books in Australian schools? 

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It is our absolute thrill and pleasure to announce the launch of the Australian Author website, featuring digital editions of our magazine plus brand new content! Check it out! Printed edition arriving in mailboxes today. http://australian-author.org/

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Guess what! Don Watson, award-winning author and speechwriter, will be delivering the keynote address at our 50th Anniversary Celebration Dinner in Melbourne. Tickets on sale now! 

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If you're a writer under 30 don't forget to apply for the Ray Koppe Young Writers' Residency by the 30th! Easy enough to remember.

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Our Chair, Sophie Masson, shares her experience of using Authors Unlimited on the Universal Heart Book Club.

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A web-cast from our 2013 Education:Information seminar with Copyright Agency|Viscopy and the APA is online now. It covers the National Curriculum, innovation in the classroom, today's opportunities, rights and copyright.

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"If I stood on a corner telling people who asked where they could buy stolen goods and collected a small fee for it, I’d be on my way to jail. And yet even while search engines sail under mottos like “Don’t be evil,” they do the same thing." US Authors Guild President, Scott Turow on Google, ebooks, piracy and publishing today.
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