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Authors for Accessibility: Maureen Duffy, UK

The International Authors Forum represents authors on the Board of the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC), which is working toward solving the global “famine” of books preventing blind people and others who cannot read books in conventional formats enjoying the same diverse choice of books as those who can. The adoption of the Marrakesh Treaty of the World Intellectual Property Organisation in 2013 …

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Authors for Accessibility: Maribel Steel, Australia

Changing the way we see books Maribel Steel, author, online content writer, speaker and peer advisor for VisionAware (AFB) USA. She mentors in the ART of being blind. www.maribelsteel.com Access to published work has proliferated on our computer screens, audio devices, iPhones and tablets. Yet, millions of blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled people (including those with learning difficulties) are …

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Canadian creative and educational potential shrinking, PwC Report finds

The findings of an economic study by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) justify the warnings by Canadian authors and publishers that recent changes to copyright law in Canada will only continue to harm authors, publishers and education. An affordable, good quality and innovative education system served by a diverse range of materials is under threat, the study confirms. According to PwC’s analysis, …

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Resale Right added to World Intellectual Property Organisation Discussion Agenda

On Friday 3 July, following a busy week of advocacy and meetings in Geneva, the visual artist’s resale right was officially added to the agenda of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) for discussion at future sessions. This is a major achievement in the campaign to extend this important right to all regions …

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Orphan Works and Mass Digitisation: US Copyright Office Notice of Inquiry

The US Copyright Office has announced a consultation on the topic of ‘Mass Digitisation’. The deadline is 9th October 2015. Authors are encouraged to respond. The consultation forms part of the Copyright Office’s efforts to develop legislation to facilitate mass digitisation projects while respecting the rights of copyright holders – including authors – about the digitisation of their works, especially …

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Authors speak to the world about the importance of archives for preserving their works

Here’s what IAF representative  and illustrious author Maureen Duffy had to say about the issue of crucial “preservation” done by libraries and archives at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva this week: Further information In Geneva, the International Authors Forum joined delegates from 188 Member States, as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) representing libraries, publishers and other stakeholders to …

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