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This Business of Publishing by Richard Curtis

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18

Down on the Levy

 

AS IF IT WEREN'T HARD ENOUGH for writers to make a living, another menace has been growing, subtly and insidiously, to rob them of the fruits of their labors. I'm referring to the taxes imposed on money paid to American authors by foreign publishers. The time has come to blow the whistle on foreign governments that are taking shameless advantage of our authors to the tune of 10, 20, or 30 percent, or more, of the money to which they are entitled. And lest American publishers feel that this isn't their problem, let me stress at the outset that they are every bit as much victims as are the authors, for the very same imposts laid on American authors are exacted on money going to American publishers.

The problem has its origins ...

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