Academics and researchers from across Australia will present papers on a range of topics responding to the theme the Laws of Publishing.

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#NotAllPublishers: The Case for Rethinking Author Contracts

Dr Rebecca GiblinARC Future Fellow, Associate Professor

Authors are the first owners of literary copyrights, and then generally licence and/or transfer those rights to publishers via contract. Since copyright was first conceived three hundred years ago, publishers have tended to take rights for the maximum term permitted by law. In Australia, that’s the entire term of copyright: the author’s lifetime and then 70 years more. In her keynote, Rebecca Giblin will explore how the copyright interests of authors and publishers differ, the history behind existing current contractual practice, and how the supporting rationales are being challenged by the digital paradigm. Can publishers still justify taking rights for a hundred years or more? And if they don’t, what might that mean for getting authors paid and books read?

Industry Research Day 2018

  • 8:15am

    • Performance spaceArrival

  • 8:45am

    • Performance spaceWelcome

      Millicent Weber and Alexandra Dane

  • 9:00am

    • Performance spaceDisrupting expectations

      Emmett Stinson (Deakin University)
      ‘Self-publishing highbrow literature’


      Alexandra Dane (University of Melbourne) 
      ‘The politics of eligibility and the laws of literary prizes’


      Beth Driscoll (University of Melbourne)
      ‘Actions and reactions at the cardboard Frankfurt Buchmesse’

    • Workshop spacePublishers' obligations

      Alexandra Payne (University of Queensland Press; Queensland University of Technology)
      ‘The lawlessness of publishers’


      Sybil Nolan (University of Melbourne)
      ‘The culture of the institution influencing the Grattan Street Press list: Who is the first audience for a start-up press?’


      Sophie Masson (University of New England)
      ‘Signing on the dotted line: the lived experience of publishing contracts’

    • SLV conference space'Open Your Eyes' disability awareness training

      Please note, this session runs from 9.30am to 1pm in the State Library of Victoria Conference Space.

      Jax Jacki Brown

      Presented in partnership with Writers Victoria and Arts Access Victoria

      Writers Victoria and Arts Access Victoria are thrilled to offer disability awareness training tailored specifically to the publishing industry at the heavily subsidised rate
      of $25 (over 80% discount).

      The training will cover:

      • Best practice language
      • The Social Model of Disability
      • Barriers to participation and how the arts can ‘open doors’
      • Knowing your organisation’s legal obligations
      • The creative case for inclusion, beyond compliance

      Our facilitators are artists with disability, skilled at using their creative talents to illuminate complex issues around access and inclusion.

      This training will equip you with the skills and tools to engage confidently with people with disability to create environments of equality and authentic

      Spaces are limited so booking is essential.


      This training is supported by The State Library of Victoria.

  • 10:30am

    • Morning Tea

  • 11:00am

    • Performance spacePublishing and policy

      Andy Fuller and Nuraini Juliastuti (Reading Sideways Press)
      ‘Reframing Indonesian-Australian cultural policy through publishing’


      Per Henningsgaard (Curtin University)
      ‘The conventions of the research that informs Australian cultural policy about writing and publishing’


      Jo Ritale (State Library of Victoria) and Libby Cass (National Library of Australia)
      ‘Legal deposit in the 21st century’

    • Workshop spaceDigital and post-digital publishing

      Mark Davis (University of Melbourne)
      ‘Data as law: literary tastemaking and the case of Amazon’


      Claire Parnell (University of Melbourne)
      ‘User-generated writing platforms in the post-digital publishing ecosystem’


      Millie Weber (Australian National University)
      ‘Regulating literary engagement online’

  • 12:30pm

    • Lunch

  • 1:30pm

    • Performance SpaceKeynote Address: #NotAllPublishers - The Case for Rethinking Author Contracts

      Rebecca Giblin (Monash University)

      #NotAllPublishers: The case for rethinking author contracts

  • 2:30pm

    • Performance spaceRoundtable: Teaching Publishing; Teaching Presses

      Per Henningsgaard (Curtin University)

      Tracy O’Shaughnessy (RMIT University)

      Sybil Nolan (University of Melbourne)

      Meg Vann (University of Queensland)

  • 3:30pm

    • Afternoon Tea

  • 4:00pm

    • Performance spacePublishing practice

      Jan Zwar (Macquarie University)
      ‘Key findings from a three-year study on the contemporary Australian book industry: Authors, publishers and readers in a time of change’


      Laurel Cohn (University of Queensland)
      ‘Education or entertainment? Effect and intent in books for the young’


      Jodi McAlister (Deakin University)
      ‘Not quite YA, not yet adult: The short but complex history of “New Adult” fiction’

    • Workshop SpaceCopyright in context

      Jocelyn Hargrave (University of Melbourne)
      ‘Likely bedfellows? The NSW Government Printing Office and the Copyright Act 1879


      Katherine Day (RMIT)
      ‘Fair’s fair (except when it isn’t)’


      LJ Maher (University of Melbourne)
      ‘You know nothing: Convergence, remix, transmedia and Australian copyright’

  • 5:30pm

    • Performance SpaceThanks