Wikileaks Online Royalties Plan

As a broke-arse ‘content producer’ whose stuff mostly ends up online,  I thought this part of Julian Assange’s speech at Splendor In the Grass was particularly exciting. I’ve long been going on about the need for something sorta like this.

3. We will revolutionise Australian media and music innovation by establishing an Australian content innovation fund, easily accessible to all Australians, a fund that bypasses the inefficient, politicized and bureaucratic traditional funding mechanisms.

The model will be based upon the successful Australian Public Lending Rights Scheme, which grants australian authors a small fee for every library book borrowed. We will massively expand this program so that it covers the internet, so it is accessible to all Australians, across all formats and double the amount returned to Australian authors.

We will do this by conducting a statistical survey throughout the year to determine the 100,000 most nominated works authored by Australians across music, journalism, online books, reference works, blogs, videos and other content.

Each Australian making the list will be paid ‘dividends’ from its budget in proportion to the frequency discovered by the survey over the last year, capped to a total of 2x the medium wage per author.

The money will come from a small fee on the defence budget, because projecting popular Australian content to the world makes the world care about the fate of Australians and is a very effective contribution to our defence. We must have a strong defence and that means an efficient, clever and creative defence.

The WikiLeaks Party is serious about bringing hard-hitting scrutiny to Canberra and shaking up Australia’s complacent party oligarchy. Please use your vote. Vote for the WikiLeaks Party.”


About Austin G. Mackell

I am a freelance journalist who has worked for a variety of corporate and community outlets from my hometown of Sydney and from the Middle East, including from Lebanon during Israels 2006 invasion and from Iran during the tumultuous presidential elections there in 2009. I have recently moved to Cairo to watch the revolutions in Arab world unfold.
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