Remember all the fuss when the Minister (was reported to have) said all the bookshops (except those in the big cities) were going to close? (or something like that). It would appear that his comments may have arisen from a report by the Book Industry Study Group. The report is not public yet, but the 138 submissions are and so is the Market Analysis Research Report from PWC (pdf). There are lots of.. Read More
The Australian Government has announced today that it will not be changing the limitations in the Copyright Act on the parallel importation of books. According to the Press Release: Australian book printing and publishing is under strong competitive pressure from international online booksellers such as Amazon and The Book Depository and the Government has formed the view that that this pressure is likely to intensify. In addition, the technology of electronic books (e-books).. Read More
IPRIA has organised a seminar in Melbourne on 15 September and Sydney on 16 September to discuss whether freeing parallel imports will make books cheaper. Speakers include both Prof. Fels, who started it all, and Dr Rhonda Smith. Details from here. Has anyone established how far the prices of CDs and computer software fell once the markets for those products became open?
The Productivity Commission’s report has been released: Copyright Restrictions on the Parallel Importation of Books Key Points Media Release On a quick view, now they recommend repeal after a 3 year transition period: Whereas the Commission’s draft report had proposed a partial liberalisation of the import restrictions, following further evidence, the final report recommends their repeal, with the industry having a period of three years to adjust before the changes take effect. The.. Read More
The Productivity Commission has released its draft report into the copyright restrictions on parallel importing books: Australia’s Parallel Import Restrictions (PIRs) for books should be modified as follows. • PIRs should apply for 12 months from the date of first publication of a book in Australia. Thereafter, parallel importation should be freely permitted. • If a PIR-protected book becomes unavailable during this 12 month period, then parallel importation should be freely permitted until local supply is.. Read More
The Productivity Commission has published its issues paper on its reference relating to the parallel importation of books. You can download the pdf here. At present: (1) anyone may “parallel” import a book for their own use (i.e., not to resell or distribute it); (2) books first published after 22 December 1991 and not published first simultaneously in Australia may be parallel imported; (3) for any other books, however, there is a very.. Read More