Monday, May 11, 2009

Madness from Jason Steger of The Age

The literary editor of Melbourne's The Age has today tossed aside his even handedness and come out swinging against the Productivity Commission's review of Australia's parallel importation restrictions:

This is my calm and temperate (for me) reply, which hopefully will be published tomorrow:

Dear Editor

It's a pity that Jason Steger has swallowed hook, line and sinker all the illogical and misinformed arguments of publishers and authors against introducing a greater level of competition into the Australian book industry.

The reforms will inhibit overpricing and underservicing in the local market, and plenty of that happens now. This issue has nothing whatsoever to do with the retention of territorial copyright, much less copyright in general, as Jason blithely maintains.

Dymocks' propositions are sound and sensible, and will contribute to a more dynamic and healthier industry. Hardly 'madness', Jason.

Peter Donoughue
Retired Managing Director of publisher John Wiley.

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