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How have copyright changes in Ireland affected writers?

Writer, historian and Disputes Officer of the Irish Writers Union, Conor Kostick, tells us about the campaigning work that is underway to protect Irish writers in the wake of considerable copyright setbacks in Ireland. And why writers world-wide should take notice. Conor Kostick has just completed a two-year term as Chairperson of the Irish Copyright Licensing Agency (ICLA) and is …

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Canadian Authors win important court victory

Authors Win In July, the Federal Court of Canada released its decision in the case of The Canadian Copyright Licensing Agency (Access Copyright) v. York University, a copyright infringement suit with broad implications for the related issues of educational copying and fair dealing in Canada. The court found strongly in favour of authors’ rights, and dismissed York University’s claims to …

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International Public Lending Right (iPLR): our work so far

Members of the International Authors Forum will recall that in November 2016 we put on a side event at the World Intellectual Property Organisation in Geneva introducing Public Lending Right to the WIPO delegates. The idea was to make them aware of this concept which remains mainly a European phenomenon (forgive us Australia, Canada, Israel and New Zealand!) and encourage …

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Copibec class action against Université Laval

Copibec has issued a legal notice of their class action against Université Laval in Quebec City for authors and publishers worldwide to consider. The designated class in the class action includes any author of a literary, dramatic or artistic work published in Canada or elsewhere in the world (or heir’s to works where the author was no deceased prior to …

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