Battle to help local authors enters new chapter

5 Jun 2018

Battle to help local authors enters new chapter

THE battle to make sure Australian authors get paid fairly for their work was given a personal touch by a young schoolboy this week.

A 2016 Productivity Commission report outraged authors and other artistic creators by suggesting relaxing the copyright act to bring Australia more into line with America.

The federal government has opened a consultation period and will still accept submissions until July 4 on the proposals.

Meanwhile the Copyright Agency is running a campaign asking readers to pledge they will pay for books and ebooks, attribute creators and ask permission when using material in their own creations.

TV personality Rove McManus and actor Richard Roxburgh are among those to take the pledge and shared their favourite books on social media using the hashtags #respectcreators and #freeisnotfair.

It has also gone into schools such as Trinity Grammar, which this week saw ADHD suffer Kobe Harb, 9, tell his classmates about how closely he relates to a book about a boy bullied about his disfigured face.

Kobe said his classmates don’t bully him because, like the character in his favourite book Wonder by RJ Palacio, he’s explained to them the importance of empathy, compassion and acceptance.

Trinity Grammar librarian Leanne Heanly said Kobe’s personal connection to the uplifting story about overcoming bullying proves good books can be life-changing.

Jack Morphet, Sunday Telegraph Sydney, 3 June 2017

Caption: Trinity students William Saunders, Eamon Turner and Kobe Harb.