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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% book tax took effect on 1st January 2017, and is in addition to a federal tax of 5%, 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 the effect of significantly …

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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 and 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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