The Independent: Post-Brexit changes to the copyright system would be a betrayal of authors

Isobel Dixon writes for the Independent

Instead of stripping back literary treasure – I’d call on government to listen closely to creators and retain the current system.

Books are not big macs or baked beans – every new book is a unique educational tool and potentially life-changing. But each title also represents an array of commercial risks, and a huge investment of expertise and labour from writers, agents and publishing teams.

That’s why a post-Brexit shift towards “international exhaustion”, in which copyright rules are weakened, would fatally undermine an exceptional system that plays a vital role in life the global book trade.

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