A case for Aussie rules

<p>Tim Whiting</p><p>While the Brits were taking a bit of a beating at BookExpo America last month for their determination to hold on to exclusive rights in Europe, at the Sydney Writers' Festival the mood was often similarly tense--again, with little doubt as to who the enemy might be. "Perfidious Albion!" came the cry. "It's the Poms!"</p><p>These protests were sparked by a discussion of how local publishers might get their hands on Australian rights to the big international books. Among many here, there is a strong feeling that something has to give, and give soon. You only have to look ...

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