Copyright Directive

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you’ll know that a couple of years ago I had a copyright battle with someone who wanted to use my work for his profit without my permission, without attributing the work as mine and without paying me a penny. After a long and acrimonious battle, in which I had to threaten legal action, we eventually came to an agreement that I’d be able to scrutinise the work he was producing and veto anything that was ‘proved’ to be mine.

The reason this copyright battle happened was basically because Kickstarter had very lax rules at the time (they’ve since been tightened up. A bit) and it is now easy for anyone to be a publisher.

To update that previous post. The kickstarter eventually produced one book (out of the 4 people had pledged for). There were several chapters that I asked them to change -which they did, although their “rewriting” was pretty damn poor (where, for example I’d written – ‘they were never numerous.’ they’d written ‘there were never very many of them’ – that sort of ‘rewriting’. However by the time they sent me this the whole sorry debacle had been dragging on for ages and I really couldn’t be bothered to argue any more so I let them publish, and be damned…

Anyway that’s all preamble.

I received a mail from the Society of Authors requesting me to mail my MEP and ask them to support the new forthcoming Copyright Directive 

The Copyright Directive seeks to modernise copyright for the digital age. As well as forcing platforms such as YouTube and Facebook (and Kickstarter) to take greater responsibility for the creative content they host, it contains the following much-needed provisions which would strengthen the rights of authors:

  • A transparency obligation, which would force publishers to be more transparent when reporting information to authors related to accounting and the exploitation of their works.
  • A contract adjustment mechanism (or “bestseller clause”) allowing authors to claim additional remuneration when sales are much better than expected.
  • A dispute resolution mechanism, enabling disputes over these two issues to be submitted to an alternative resolution procedure.

So as I’ve had some interaction with my MEP on Twitter I Tweeted her:

my tweet

to which her reply was:


so I mailed her. She’s yet to reply…




Published by suttope

Pete Sutton has a not so secret lair in the wilds of Fishponds, Bristol and dreams up stories, many of which are about magpies. He's had stuff published, online and in book form, and currently has a pile of words that one day may possibly be a novel. He wrote all about Fishponds for the Naked Guide to Bristol and has made more money from non-fiction than he has from fiction and wonders if that means the gods of publishing are trying to tell him something. You can find him all over social media or worrying about events he’s organised at the Bristol Festival of Literature. On Twitter he’s @suttope and his Bristol Book Blog is here: He's contributing editor of Far Horizons e-magazine which can be found here:

One thought on “Copyright Directive

  1. So I got a reply eventually. It seems it *is* a little more complicated. The SOA (and other industry bods) want it but there’s a couple of articles that aren’t great. It passed anyway – so let’s see what happens…


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