Side note; I didn’t vote for you in the last election. In fact, Abbot was voted in. You’re like a spoilt brat who cries because someone else has a toy and you don’t.
Back to the topic.
I’m pissed. This current government goes on and on about “innovation” and “exciting times for small businesses and new ideas”, but they have to be in the sectors the government approves. The arts isn’t that sector. Actually, the arts seem to have lost even more funding, while industries that we have not been competitive in for generations (automotive as an example) receives no end of bailouts and tax breaks.
As an indie author, I don’t receive the funding (I don’t meet any criteria) and I don’t make a profit from my writing (at this time, fingers are crossed for luck) so I can’t claim anything at tax time.
But the one thing I have, the one protection I value the most (more effective than a condom), is copyright. Currently, it is valid until seventy years after the death of the creative.
The Greens had proposed changing this to five years after publication and a fee to register for every five years after that. To my knowledge, this never came to be.
This Liberal government wants no copyrights. Something to do with sharing ideas digitally and fucking everyone over.
That means I will never make a profit, I will never be able to cover my costs, I will always have to pay to be able to publish in this country. Also, I will have no rights to my own work.
Forget piracy, the government is far scarier.
On a larger scale, this affects every publishing house, every editor, every printer in Australia. There are proposed changes that could make these guys close for good and their jobs farmed out to other countries who actually appreciate books.
How’s that for innovative?
A friend made a great point when I first started raging against this. Turnbull, like many other Prime Ministers, most likely will write a memoir when he retires and expect the book industry to love it. HA!
I am feeling inspired to start up a political party. The Book Party. Protect the rights of authors. More funding to libraries and independent bookstores. Encourage more kids to read with exciting stories from a wide range of writers.
Books are amazing. They teach us, they entertain, they challenge.
Life without books isn’t living.
If the government passes their proposed changes then they’re sending us back to a time when books were burned, banned, or censored. We will be going backwards, not forwards.
My fighting words on this “You’re not taking my coyrights!”
Sign the petition to stop this insanity https://www.change.org/p/scott-morrison-save-australian-literature-stop-parallel-importation-of-books