11.1 C
Byron Shire
June 27, 2022

Was Turnbull’s memoir pirated by ScoMo’s office?

Latest News

Perplexed

Perplexed to read Richard Jones’ article ‘Now’s the time for those reforms’, when the opening sentence quotes: ‘Just over...

Other News

Lettuce to the Editor

As a writer you never really know what is going to strike a chord with your audience. What will inspire them? Make them think? Make them change their mind? Make them angry? After more than two decades of publishing I am still surprised by what rocks a reader’s boat. About a week ago I discovered that a lot of people have strong opinions on the humble iceberg. I’m not talking about the one that took out theTitantic. I’m talking about the one that has been sinking wallets at the supermarket.

Byronification

In amongst all those duplexes in Tweed Heads have sprung funky cafes full of hipsters sipping almond-milk chai lattes...

Energy policy a priority, says Elliot

Reflecting on the recent win for federal Labor, local MP, Justine Elliot, says that without a doubt, Australians wanted change.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 22 June, 2022

The Northern Rivers Conservatorium Executive Director, Anita Bellman, is thrilled to announce that there will be free tickets for all flood-affected members of our community to attend the NRC 2022 Visiting Artist program, made possible with the support of our friends at Musica Viva and Southern Cross University.

Ballina’s balloon ban in support of wildlife

Balloons are to be banned outside in the Ballina Shire from next year after a unanimous council vote Thursday morning.

Millions needed for drainage maintenance in the north of Byron Shire

Byron Council would need to find more than $4 million in its budget to kick-start the process of bringing drainage maintenance in the north of the Shire up to a desirable standard, a staff report has found.

The cynical might think it a publicity stunt, but Hardie Grant Publishing say that on Saturday, a pirated copy of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s autobiography was being circulated to government employees.

The book has been released today and the publisher says that the pirated copy went out before the official release.

The pirated edition sent from PM’s office

Hardie Grant CEO Sandy Grant said the distribution of the pirated edition was sent from an address from within the prime minister’s office to people who reported the illegal edition.

Ms Grant says the electronic version of the book had been shared multiple times, with one email claiming that a top aide in the Morrison government had sent it to ‘millions’ of others.

‘Within hours of being alerted to the distribution of the illegal version of the book to government staffers and at least one Liberal MP, Hardie Grant’s ’s law firm, HWL Ebsworth, sent a cease and desist notice to a staff member in the Prime Minister’s Office.’

Australian Publishers Association (APA) Michael Gordon-Smith Chief Executive said everyone in government, and especially anyone with a leadership role, has an obligation not just to observe the law but to uphold it. ‘As the resignation of Don Harwin from the NSW cabinet shows, this is a time when governments should not tolerate behaviour that risks any suggestion that laws do not apply equally to us all.’

The publishers say that the illegal distribution of the ebook signifies a massive breach of intellectual property right, a problem that affects many bestselling books throughout the industry.

Piracy is a problem for booksellers

‘Piracy is a problem for bestselling books and our lawyers have taken immediate action to make it clear we intend to take action against the person seemingly distributing the book widely and illegally, as a well as any site sharing the file’, said Sandy Grant.

Mr Gordon-Smith said the business of publishing depends on the law of copyright. ‘It establishes the property rights that allow authors and publishers to sell their products and get paid for their work.’

Hardie Grant says that like many other industries, the publishing industry is fighting to survive in the current covid-19 climate. Australia has always had strong independent book market, which is currently being tested. Small local bookstores have been forced to adapt, offering new online, telephone and home delivery service to survive, whilst others have had to close their doors.

Illegal copying erodes the viability of publishing businesses

‘Illegal copying erodes the viability of publishing businesses and the livelihood of authors even at the best of times. It does more damage at a time when publishers are suffering massive reductions in revenue, reducing working hours and laying off staff; authors are unable to attend book tours; and writers festivals have closed,’ said Mr Gordon-Smith.

In support of the many the small businesses effected by copyright infringement Robbie Egan, President of The Australian Booksellers Association said, ‘The Australian Booksellers Association condemns the piracy of books. Copyright provides protection for the work authors do and breaches of author copyright undermine their income. The illegal distribution of books like Malcolm Turnbull’s A Bigger Picture damages all authors as best-selling books support publishers and booksellers to produce and sell the work of a wide array of lesser known writers. Just as we would not tolerate someone from the PMO walking into one of our members bookstores, taking books without paying, and handing them out in the street, we condemn the piracy of ebooks.’

The ebook version of Turnbull’s book, A Bigger Picture was released today.


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Piracy is something I deal with constantly &
    social media needs more than a shake-up.
    So the copy came from a ScoNo hot spot.
    Who’d be surprised by that.

  2. I look forward to Morrison referring this illegal activity within his own Department to The AFP. The AFP can then a do a re-runner of sorts along the lines of their Angus Taylor / Clover Moore Documentgate scandal – interview no one and close the case on the grounds of too time consuming and wasting valued police resources for no public gain. ScottyfromMarketing and his Department off the hook once again!

  3. Turnbull’s interview showed ‘the party of all
    parties’ for what Australia’s become – a joke
    managed by mismanaged moles on an
    ongoing pay-role of whatever it takes. The
    depth of deception must run in the veins
    of our ruler’s done deals & cabinet grabs.
    Trust-less sods.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Fooling no one

Danny Wakil isn’t fooling anyone (Letters, 15 June). He is obviously pro-Israel, but his tone and talking points belie his claim to be pro-Palestinian,...

Building hei(s)(gh)ts

I also strongly agree with David Gilet and Paul McCarthy on the creeping cancer of increased building heights/heists in Byron CBD, and I have...

Palestine’s ‘terra nullius’ and children’s body armour

Firstly, the Zionist regime of Israel is an apartheid regime. It is based on the dispossession, expropriation, expulsion and oppression of the Palestinian people. This...

Lismore council flirts with ‘koala-killer’ status

The fate of one of the state’s last koala populations appears to lie in the hands of the Lismore City Council after an extraordinary meeting Thursday afternoon.