Your author career is in your hands. Publishers are not charities and even if you have an agent, you need to know about the importance and value of copyright so you can make informed and empowered decisions about your writing. If you’re an indie author, you still need to understand copyright, because when you sign up with online distributors, you are making choices around licensing.
In today's show, I interview Rebecca Giblin about a recent study on publishing contracts, what clauses to watch out for, why this is so important for authors, plus the potential impact of AI on copyright.
In publishing news, The Bookseller reports that Penguin Random House has withdrawn its ebooks and digital audio titles from unlimited access subscription models,“to preserve a diversity of content in the marketplace and the actual and perceived long-term value of our authors’ intellectual property.” Plus, I'm interviewed on The Kindle Chronicles Podcast about audiobooks and how things have changed for authors over the last decade.
In the futurist segment, This Time Tomorrow Podcast on 5G; plus, a Chinese court rules an AI-written article is protected by copyright [Venture Beat], Google’s AI language model Reformer can process the entirety of novels [VentureBeat], and Hollywood is now using AI tools for analysis and companies are developing AI for scriptwriting [The Guardian]. I talk about the implications of this for creatives and why we need to double down on being human.
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Rebecca Giblin is an author and Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, specializing in copyright and technology regulation. She is Director of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA), and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow leading the Author’s Interest project.
You can listen above or on your favorite podcast app or read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and the full transcript below.
- Why Rebecca is passionate about helping authors with copyright
- The difference between the ownership of copyright and the authorship of copyright
- How dangerously easy it is for authors to transfer ownership
- When and why reversion clauses matter
- Other important clauses to negotiate into publishing contracts
- What authors can do to protect and increase their income
- The potential of the selling direct model
- The possible impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on copyright law
- Getting authors to value themselves
- UPDATE 21 Feb 2020: Are contracts enough? An empirical study of author rights in Australian publishing agreements by Rebecca Giblin and Joshua Yuvaraj published in the Melbourne University Law Review
You can find Rebecca Giblin at AuthorsInterest.org and on Twitter @rgibli