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Ten Principles for Fair Contracts, now in French

Following the release of our document outlining Ten Principles for Fair Contracts there is now a French version of this document available. This document reflects – in ten points – what IAF’s membership feels most strongly should and should not be contained in the contracts in which authors agree to the exploitation of their work through publication or production in any form. As such it is …

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Update on the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty

As previously reported, the Marrakesh Treaty was adopted on June 27, 2013. It forms part of the body of international copyright treaties administered by WIPO. Its main goal is to create a set of mandatory limitations and exceptions for the benefit of the blind, visually impaired, and otherwise print disabled (VIPs). To date the required 20 countries have signed up …

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Indian court dismisses copyright infringement lawsuit

The Delhi High Court has sided with Delhi University and Rameshwari Photocopying Services in a long awaited judgement brought against them by a number of publishers.  A copy shop on campus had made copies of sections of books, published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Taylor & Francis for course packs.  The publishers of those books had brought …

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New EU draft directive strengthens authors’ rights

In his State of the Union address on 14 September, Jean-Claude Juncker said: ‘As the world goes digital, we also have to empower our artists and creators and protect their works. Artists and creators are our crown jewels.’ The International Authors Forum is pleased to note that the European Commission has considered strengthening authors’ rights an important element of their …

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E-Lending and The Digital Economy Bill in the UK

The Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) and The Society of Authors (SoA) in the UK are calling for the Digital Economy Bill to be amended to extend Public Lending Right to remote offsite ebook lending. The way consumers access books is increasingly changing as technology offers new ways to access written works. Libraries are now lending many ebooks, with 2.3 …

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Ten Principles for Fair Contracts, now in Spanish

Following the release of our document outlining Ten Principles for Fair Contracts there is now a Spanish version of this document available. This document reflects – in ten points – what IAF’s membership feels most strongly should and should not be contained in the contracts in which authors agree to the exploitation of their work through publication or production in any form. As such it …

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