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Library closures and book tax in Canadian province threaten a lasting detriment for readers and writers

In the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the provincial Government has introduced a new book tax. The new 10 per cent book tax took effect on January 1 2017, and is in addition to a federal tax of five per cent, leading to an overall 15% tax on books in the province, the only province in Canada to impose such a heavy burden on reading. This will have …

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IAF members in the USA campaign on copying case

Last December several USA based members of the International Authors Forum including the National Writers Union, The Authors Guild joined a diverse coalition of writers and photographers organisations to oppose a case of books and journals being scanned wholesale for university classes without payment to the original creators. This coalition presented a “friends of the court” brief on a court …

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