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IAF meets authors and members at Salon du Livre, Paris, France, 17th- 19th March 2016

FUIS, the Italian Writers’ Union and IAF member, invited Katie Webb to represent IAF as its guest at the Salon du Livre, the International Book Fair in Paris.   Of the many highlights of the Salon, IAF was pleased to meet representatives from its three French members, Société des Gens De Lettres (SGDL), Conseil Permanent des Écrivains (CPE) and Sofia. Katie …

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IAF asks Canadian Ministers to remedy damage to authors’ rights and incomes due to educational copyright exceptions

The members of the International Authors Forum (IAF) – 57 organisations representing over 600,000 individual creators worldwide – have written to Government Ministers in Canada. They ask them to take action to undo the damage done to Canadian authors by a change to Canada’s copyright law in 2012. IAF’s solidarity with Canadian authors has become necessary due to the disastrous …

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IAF represented at WIPO Conference on the Global Digital Content Market

  Authors Maureen Duffy (UK) and Dr Federico Polak at WIPO Global Digital Content Market conference April 2016 (Argentina) represented authors at a conference hosted by WIPO in Geneva from April 20th – 22nd to discuss the most urgent issues facing the creative industries in the digital age Maureen Duffy reports: I attended the Digital Content Market Conference organised by WIPO in Geneva, …

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US: Supreme Court Declines to Review Fair Use Finding in Decade-Long Book Copying Case Against Google

NEW YORK, NY, April 18, 2016 — The Authors Guild expressed its disappointment with today’s U.S. Supreme Court order denying review of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Authors Guild v. Google, a copyright infringement case originally filed in 2005. The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case leaves standing the Second Circuit’s unprecedented expansion of the fair use doctrine—holding …

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Self-publishers: helping to change lives and bring work to a wider audience

PRESS RELEASE, LONDON, 12 APRIL 2016 Writers can bring their books to millions more readers with the International Authors Forum’s (IAF) new guide for self-published authors on how to make their eBooks accessible for people who are blind or face other challenges to reading books in standard print. ‘Accessible eBook Guidelines for Self-Publishing Authors’ is co-produced with the Accessible Books …

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Swedish Supreme Court: Artists’ copyright for outdoor art also applies online

Sweden’s Supreme Court has found in favour of Bildupphovsrätt in an important matter of principle regarding the interpretation of a restriction in the Swedish Copyright Act. The dispute between Bildupphovsrätt and Wikimedia Sweden relates to whether or not artists retain their copyright online: can public outdoor art be made available to the general public online without the need to pay …

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