Bat­tle to help lo­cal authors en­ters new chap­ter

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

THE bat­tle to make sure Aus­tralian authors get paid fairly for their work was given a per­sonal touch by a young school­boy this week.

A 2016 Pro­duc­tiv­ity Com­mis­sion re­port ou­traged authors and other artis­tic cre­ators by sug­gest­ing re­lax­ing the copy­right act to bring Aus­tralia more into line with Amer­ica.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment has opened a con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod and will still ac­cept sub­mis­sions un­til July 4 on the pro­pos­als.

Mean­while the Copy­right Agency is run­ning a cam­paign ask­ing read­ers to pledge they will pay for books and ebooks, at­tribute cre­ators and ask per­mis­sion when us­ing ma­te­rial in their own cre­ations.

TV per­son­al­ity Rove McManus and ac­tor Richard Roxburgh are among those to take the pledge and shared their favourite books on so­cial me­dia us­ing the hash­tags #re­spectcre­ators and #freeis­not­fair.

It has also gone into schools such as Trin­ity Gram­mar, which this week saw ADHD suf­fer Kobe Harb, 9, tell his class­mates about how closely he re­lates to a book about a boy bul­lied about his dis­fig­ured face.

Kobe said his class­mates don’t bully him be­cause, like the char­ac­ter in his favourite book Won­der by RJ Pala­cio, he’s ex­plained to them the im­por­tance of em­pa­thy, com­pas­sion and ac­cep­tance.

Trin­ity Gram­mar li­brar­ian Leanne Heanly said Kobe’s per­sonal con­nec­tion to the uplifting story about over­com­ing bul­ly­ing proves good books can be life-chang­ing.

Trin­ity stu­dents Wil­liam Saun­ders, Ea­mon Turner and Kobe Harb.

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