Copyfights and literary rights

18 June 2009

The biggest recent copyright case is Google's book digitisation project. Authors and publishers wanted a slice of the pie that they thought Google was getting for free.

In the US, they were successful in their demands and Google is now paying out millions to these parties and has set up a Book Rights Registry to administer the process.

But what are the broader implications for intellectual property and the cultural heritage of ideas?


Lynne Spender
Editor, writer and digital consultant. Lynne's Meanjin article is called 'The Question of Literary Property' and asks whether intellectual property can be owned. Her latest book is Between the Lines: A Legal Guide for Writers and Illustrators.

Morris Gleitzman
Australian children's author. Morris will write a response in the next Meanjin to Lynne Spender's article.

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Ramona Koval, Lynne Spender, Morris Gleitzman, 2009, Copyfights and literary rights, The Book Show, ABC Radio National, viewed 24 April 2017, <>.

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