The Australian government is about to consider making significant changes to copyright that would threaten the future of Australian publishing. We're writing to let you know how you can help.
During the ABIAs ceremony last week, the Australian book publishing industry united to launch Books Create Australia - an awareness campaign to fight against the recommendations in the Productivity Commission's Draft Report on Intellectual Property. As well as the APA, the campaign is jointly supported by the Australian Society of Authors, the Australian Literary Agents Association and the Print Industry Association of Australia.
A-list Australian and international writers including Jonathan Franzen, Jeannette Winterson, Tim Winton, Richard Flanagan and Book of the Year ABIA winner, Magda Szubanski spoke up about the proposals.
Their speeches and the campaign ignited major national attention on the issues. In the two days after the launch, more than 2,500 people have subscribed to the online petition in support of the book publishing industry and the volume of subscribers is rising rapidly each hour. Richard Flanagan's speech has been shared more than 20,000 times.
How can you help?
Sign the petition;
Visit our campaign website bookscreataustralia.com.au. Share it and make sure your authors and colleagues are aware of the issues;
Use the marketing kit to create your own material and join the conversation with #BooksCreate.
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Over the past decade (2011 - 2020) Nat has self-published ten comic-related books and was Publisher-Editor of Oi Oi Oi! - the last nationally-distributed comic book of original comics stories to appear on Australian newsstands. He edited Inkspot, the journal of the Australian Cartoonists Association for 14 issues from late 2015 to 2019 and is a current member of the ACA's Committee. In his spare time, he is a husband, a father (to six) and grandfather (to fourteen), and works in the Psychiatric Emergency Centre in Queensland's largest public hospital.
Comicoz is Nat Karmichael's publishing imprint. Nat is committed to preserving a permanent collection of Australian comic and comic strips. He feels that there is a need to recognise comics' contribution to and depiction of Australian culture.