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IAF welcomes independent authors on board

We are delighted to announce that our first member representing self-publishing authors (also known as author publishers, or author-preneurs), the Alliance of Independent Authors, has joined IAF. In response to the financial strain authors are being subjected to, often resulting in their independence being compromised if they want a traditional book deal, more and more are going it alone, taking …

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US Court case, Authors Guild v Google, latest decision leaves authors high and dry

On Friday 16th October, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals released its decision in Authors Guild v. Google. “The Authors Guild is disappointed that the Court has failed to reverse the District Court’s flawed interpretation of the fair use doctrine,” said Mary Rasenberger, Executive Director of the Authors Guild in New York. “America owes its thriving literary culture to copyright protection. It is …

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UNESCO survey shows artists need to be supported if we are to ensure global sustainable development

The Report following UNESCO’s survey on the implementation of the UNESCO 1980 Recommendation on the Status of the Artist shows that Artists still face challenges in international market access and exposure. In this article, UNESCO states its support for culture and for artists, recognising the essential role they play in ensuring worldwide sustainable development:

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International PLR Conference in The Hague, 24 – 25 September 2015

Mauritshuis PLR Conference September 2015

International PLR Network Co-ordinator Jim Parker reports on a successful conference Some 80 delegates from over 30 countries attended the 11th International PLR Conference in The Hague last month. The conference was open to representatives of countries with well-established PLR systems, and to nations where authors’ organisations are campaigning for PLR to be set up. The conference was hosted by …

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