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French umbrella CPE becomes IAF’s fiftieth member

2016 brings with it more to celebrate than just a New Year, as IAF celebrates by welcoming its 50th Member, the Conseil Permanent des Écrivains (CPE). We are happy to include French authors within IAF’s network through CPE, and certain that, with its group of distinguished and well-established member organisations, our newest member will make a highly valuable contribution to …

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IAF makes a splash in Latin America

On Friday 13th November 2015, hosted by the Ministry of Public Education, the Mexican Academy of International Law and Chapter Puebla, IAF held a meeting entitled ‘Mexican Creators in the Digital Age’. The event took place in the spectacular Palafox Library in the city of Puebla, famed for being the first public library in the Americas, established in 1646. The …

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The Business of Being an Author: IAF’s event in Geneva at the latest SCCR

IAF held an event at the latest Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) held at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva, on 7th December 2015. The event, ‘The Business of Being an Author’, was intended to convey to the government delegates at the SCCR for the week, the importance of considering the author’s need to make …

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IAF goes to Mexico City

In November 2015, the International Authors Forum visited Mexico, meeting authors from Mexico and a number of countries in Latin America Mexico City Our first event was at the Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City. IAF representative, Katie Webb, took part in a panel at a conference organised by CEMPRO, the Mexican reproduction rights organisation, giving the author’s perspective on ‘creation, …

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IAF now representing authors in Belize and The Netherlands

In December 2015, both Stichting Lira in the Netherlands and the Belizean Writers Guild joined the International Authors Forum. We met representatives from both organisations earlier in 2015. Lira played a key organisational role in the PLR International conference in The Hague in September, and we learned the story of the recently established Belizean Writers Guild from Felene Cayetano at …

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Members of the International Authors Forum call for publishers worldwide to listen to their concerns over contract terms

Today, authors from a number of countries are releasing open letters asking publishers to reconsider the contract terms they offer authors and outlining the parts of publishing contracts where, from the author’s perspective, reform is urgently needed. The International Authors Forum (IAF) has also established 10 Principles for Fair Contracts. These Principles apply to the needs of authors in the …

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