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?