Tuesday, April 9, 2013

"...alive and living in Argentina"

From: Nvision

"The 'slow death' of the American author is being lamented by Scott Turow, with the bestselling novelist and president of the Authors Guild blaming everything from libraries to publishers for how writers' incomes are 'rapidly depleting.'
     In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Turow – who is also a lawyer – mourns the devaluing of copyright, pointing to the Supreme Court ruling last month 'to allow the importation and resale of foreign editions of American works,' which he predicted would 'open the gates to a surge in cheap imports' for which authors will not get royalties.
     'It is the latest example of how the global electronic marketplace is rapidly depleting authors' income streams. It seems almost every player – publishers, search engines, libraries, pirates and even some scholars – is vying for position at authors' expense,' writes Turow.
     We are in the middle, believes the author of the acclaimed legal thriller Presumed Innocent, of a 'crisis,' where the 'value of copyrights is being quickly depreciated.'"
— Alison Flood, The Guardian
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"Argentina is to consider granting a special pension to writers on the grounds that they generate 'social richness' but often end up impoverished.
     The lower house of congress will study a proposal presented on Tuesday [April 27, 2011] that would give published authors a monthly stipend of £565, well above the state minimum pension.
     The idea, inspired by similar initiatives in France and Spain, would offer the pension to those who are aged over 65 and have published at least five books or invested more than 20 years in 'literary creation.'"
— Rory Carroll, The Guardian

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