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International Authors Forum Annual General Meeting

The International Authors Forum held its Annual General Meeting on 14 March 2017. The meeting heard reports on the ongoing work of the IAF with the Standing Committee for Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations. The IAF also set out plans to expand its work with the …

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Fundación para la Gestión del Arte statement on corruption in Panama

International Authors Forum Member Fundación para la Gestión del Arte (FUGA) in Panama has released a statement outlining the position of writers and artists in Panama on corruption scandals in Panama. The statement from FUGA follows: Given the notorious corruption scandals that have tarnished our country in recent months, la Fundación para la Gestión del Arte (FUGA) makes a statement composed …

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Influential Malawian writer Desmond Dudwa Phiri honoured

Dr. Desmond Dudwa Phiri, locally known as DD Phiri was honoured on 26th February, 2017 by the Baptist Church in Malawi as the most influential player in the development of the country at a colourful ceremony near Independence Arch, Chichiri in Blantyre. Phiri, 82, who is a reputed historian, economist and an author of more than 20 books was given …

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IAF Calls on Canada to Protect Its Cultural Workers by Repairing Copyright

At its annual general meeting in London, the International Authors Forum passed a special resolution calling upon the Canadian government to immediately repair its copyright legislation, after earlier amendments resulted in unsustainable economic losses to Canada’s authors and publishers. Canada has recently completed a comprehensive public consultation on cultural policy, legislation and regulation. In recent statements to the press, Minister …

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Court of Appeal rules that The Pirate Bay and Swefilmer must be blocked in Sweden

The Pirate Bay, a Swedish online index of digital content of entertainment media and software has been blocked by the Internet Service Provider, Bredbandsbolaget – a move recently ordered by The Patent and Market Court of Appeal in Sweden. Sweden’s most popular streaming movie and TV show site, Swefilmer has also been blocked – both websites sparking controversies and discussion …

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