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Authors need protection from online pirates, Philip Pullman claims

Postby MrFredPFL » Tue Apr 09, 2019 12:13 am

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Online book piracy is an "offence against moral justice" that "any decent Government" should protect authors from, the writer Philip Pullman has said.

Mr Pullman, the president of the Society of Authors, criticised Britain’s lax copyright laws that are failing to tackle the “increasingly prevalent” number of websites where novels are downloaded for free without the author’s permission.

Mr Pullman's comments come as 34 leading British writers from the Society of Authors signed an open letter to Greg Clark, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, calling on the Government to do more to strengthen current copyright rules.

“The law of copyright is one of the bastions of civilized living, but the acid rain of online piracy is slowly dissolving something we thought was set in stone. Surely it should be a fundamental duty of any decent government to defend the rights of those who help to create what civilization is.”

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