Surprise - stricter copyright laws don't make authors richer

The Register has a report on a study on the income of authors in the UK and Germany :

Writers in Germany earned less than those in the UK, despite the fact the country's copyright regime is more beneficial to authors

Interestingly, the study was done on behalf of the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS), who apparently wanted a study of author's incomes in two countries with similar-sized publishing industries but differing copyright legislation. It's great to see this kind of study being done, better to see it initiated by a collective, and better still to see the result say that more restrictive copyright laws don't make for higher author incomes.