I would love to read the books of Hugh Walters again – a science fiction writer I remember reading when I eight or nine years old. Unfortunately I have only two books on my shelf, and to buy any others I would be looking at hundreds of pounds because they are out of print and not in favour with anyone.
You’d think with Kindle and eBooks this would be easily solved but no. Multiply my issue by millions of people, and you see that the ‘hole’ in mid-20th century literature that copyright has created (The Hole In Our Collective Memory – The Atlantic). This is painful, wrong, and it really disappoints me that we have lost access to so much recent culture because there’s not enough ‘profit’ in these rights.