…from The Australian
According to the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL), publishing houses are collecting copyright payments for digital reproduction and photocopying, amounting to tens of millions of dollars. The Australian quotes the ASA’s Jeremy Fisher as saying that for the first time publishers like Pan Macmillan, Harcourt and Pearson Education are claiming the bulk of copyright payments – up to 80:20 in the publisher’s favour. This can also include back-listed, out-of-print titles.
Pearson’s managing director David Barnett claims that in the last few years, reproduction has increased to the point where copyright payments are the primary source of revenue. He says that the copyright percentage an author receives (20% to the publisher’s 80%) is still more than average royalty payments (10-15%).
CAL, while it supports fair fees for all authors, maintains that terms like this are laid out in the original contract an author has with a publisher.