PARALLEL IMPORTATION RESTRICTIONS SURVIVE TO FIGHT ANOTHER DAY …
but don’t be lulled into a false sense of security; those who sought to destroy the Restrictions have not given up their intent. They have a powerful motive … to increase their profit margins.
At a Federal ALP Cabinet meeting last night, the proposed changes to the copyright laws governing the Parallel Importation of Books were rejected. Dr Craig Emerson’s office sent out a Press Release early this morning. PRESS RELEASE
We’ve had over 10,000 hits on this site since we set it up to oppose the removal of PIRs.
This just goes to show the importance of this issue and the fact that so many people have been concerned about the ramifications to any changes in the laws.
Authors, publishers, printers, agents and many independent booksellers have combined to reject the removal of PIRs. Hopefully, everyone in these areas of the industry will continue to work together to support our existing industries and embrace any positive changes for the future – whatever they may be.
A huge thank you to everyone who has supported this cause: authors, publishers, agents, printers, various trade unions, readers, parents, teachers, librarians, grandparents.
In particular we pass on our gratitude to those politicians who stuck out their necks to publicly support our cause: ALP Federal MPs: Arch Bevis, Steve Gibbons and Graham Perrett; and also the Australian Greens’ Senators, Christine Milne and Scott Ludlam.
We could not have done it without you.
Just a cautionary note amidst the celebrations: Australian booksellers, and this includes Dymocks Bookstores are under enormous pressure from the huge, retail discount stores – Woolworths and Coles, KMart, Big W and Target. It is up to Australian booklovers to support the authentic booksellers or they will go under!
Do your bit to support Australian bookshops and the people who know about books … resist the temptation to save a couple of dollars at the discount stores, pay a little more at a real bookshop.
Thank you from all the authors behind the SAVING AUSSIE BOOKS blog campaign:
Dee White Sheryl Gwyther Kathryn Apel Sally Murphy Angela Sunde Sharyn Lilley Kim Rackham Sandy Fussell Nicole Murphy Maree Kimberley Meryl Harris Trish Puddle