Copyright Strikes Borders AU, Angus and Robertson

Copyright Strikes Borders AU, Angus and Robertson

An article in the Age reports that administrators have been called in to the Borders operation in Australia and Angus and Robertson booksellers.  They say:

Businesses such as Borders have been particularly hard hit by the rise in popularity of e-commerce sites that sell a vast range of books online at heavily discounted prices to traditional bricks-and-mortar shops. The strengthening Australian dollar has also encouraged shopping on overseas websites.

They pay a higher price solely because the Copyright Act forces them to.  Booksellers aren’t allowed to parallel import books because the legislature didn’t care about sacrificing them on the altar of copyright extremism, despite overwhelming evidence in support of the practice.   Evidence clearly has no part to play in policy making on this area of law in Australia.  Now Australian authors have a substantial local retail outlet under threat and, if they lose these booksellers, will be in a similar position to what they would have been had the parallel importation provisions been passed.

Well done, brainiacs.


5 Responses to “Copyright Strikes Borders AU, Angus and Robertson”

  1. 1 Claire Toris 17 February 2011 at 9:47 pm

    A few companies could not import books, but millions of individuals decided to do it themselves. Buying politicians just isn’t the investment it used to be.

  2. 2 Glenstar 17 February 2011 at 9:53 pm

    Paging Gerry Harvey!

  3. 3 thenakedlistener 18 February 2011 at 2:53 am

    We have the same situation in Hong Kong, where the government (as you put it) put copyright extremism ahead of doing business. The anti-parallel import restrictions that Hong Kong has goes quite a bit beyond books: it covers a whole range of goods. When I first settled (back) in Hong Kong, there were around two dozen booksellers that sell local and international titles. That was more than 10 years ago. Today, we’re down to maybe half a dozen.

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