How Do Writers Get Paid?

The Wheeler Centre

Event Date: 
28 February 2018
Author / Presenters: 
Cory Doctorow, Rebecca Giblin, Zoë Rodriguez, and Alex Adsett

The past decade or so has seen incredible changes in how we read. New devices, platforms and marketplaces for books have risen and fallen, while traditional publishing houses and booksellers have adapted to suit readers’ changing habits and preferences. But how have things changed for authors? In the midst of all the upheaval, who’s looking out for them – and what role does copyright play?

Spoiler alert: broadly, authors’ incomes have plummeted. In this free discussion at the Wheeler Centre, we’ll go in search of fair and secure writerly income from different angles – considering the work of publishers, lawyers, copyright agencies, royalty collection societies and of course, writers themselves. How have standards of copyright and authorship been changing, and what’s the impact? How about new ways to access, borrow and buy books? When do the interests of different players diverge or intersect?

Hosted by Professor Rebecca Giblin, Canadian American activist and author Cory Doctorow will speak with literary agent Alex Adsett and copyright expert Zoe Rodriguez to help us get to the bottom of who advocates for what, and who actually benefits.

Presented in partnership with Monash University Faculty of Law.

Embiggen Books will be our bookseller at this event.