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The Writers Union of Canada demands Canada Government responds to negative impact of 2012 Copyright Act

Outlining the failings of Canada’s 2012 Copyright Act,  John Degen, Executive Director of the Writers’ Union of Canada, has raised concerns held by the cultural sector which the Canadian Government should take note of in its review of copyright policy. This is a warning not only to the Canadian Government, but to the world about the impact bad policy can …

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European Parliament committees show support for unwaivable right to fair remuneration for audiovisual authors

Earlier today two of the European Parliament committees, Culture and Education (CULT) and Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) voted for authors to have an unwaivable right to fair remuneration. This is important to fully support other measures that the EU Copyright Directive is aiming to introduce, which will give authors an effective system by which they may claim remuneration when …

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Society of Audiovisual Authors calls for the EU to support authors in the Copyright Directive

The Society of Audiovisual Authors (SAA) has called for legislators to acknowledge the real life pressures that authors face with rights’ transfer contracts and the injustice this does to creators. While critics have suggested that contractual freedom is enjoyed by authors the SAA states that the current reality of the creative industries is that most screenwriters and directors have very …

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European Parliament declines to support audiovisual authors

In a vote on the Copyright Directive proposal, the European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee (IMCO) have failed to vote positively on any of the amendments asking to ensure audiovisual (AV) authors are paid proportionally to the successful exploitation of their work. This disappointing move is a missed opportunity for MEPs to put their words of support for authors’ fairer earnings …

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CISAC calls for new legislation to ensure a fair digital market for creators

Speaking at UNESCO on June 12th 2017, Jean-Michel Jarre, musician and President of CISAC called for new legislation ‘to make the digital revolution the “creators’ revolution”’. In his speech to UNESCO Jarre talked about how in his career as a musician he had seen the evolution of the creative sectors into the digital world. He made that point that while …

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IAF talks to Suomen Kirjailijaliito (The Union of Finnish Writers)

The IAF member Suomen Kijailijaliitto (The Union of Finnish Writers) met with Barbara Hayes and Luke Alcott to discuss their work in Finland. Established in 1897 The Union of Finnish Writers is the professional organization of fiction authors who write in Finnish. The Union of Finnish Writers has about 760 members and its purpose is to develop the professional status …

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IAF meets Suomen Tietokirjailijat (The Finnish association of Non-Fiction Writers)

Barbara Hayes and Luke Alcott caught from the IAF met with Jukka-Pekka Pietiäinen, Executive Director of the association of Finnish Non-Fiction Writers (Suomen Tietokirjailijat) during a recent conference in Finland to learn what they do for writers in Finland. In Finland 80% of publishing is non-fiction (excluding translated books) with 90% of that written by Finnish writers. Of the 6,000 …

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IAF meeting in Helsinki

At the IAF Meeting in Helsinki, members heard updates from Barbara Hayes and Luke Alcott on the work of the IAF since the AGM and from Jim Parker of PLR International regarding the ongoing work of the IAF and PLR International. Discussing developments at WIPO, Luke discussed the Artist’s Resale Right Conference and how it expressed the importance of Artist’s …

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EU designates new Commissioner to Digital Economy and Society portfolio

President Juncker of the European Commission has designated Mariya Gabriel to the role of Digital Economy and Society role. Gabrial was the candidate proposed by the Bulgarian Government for the role which is particularly important as it will support the implementation of the Digital Single Market Strategy in the European Union. The Digital Single Market Strategy includes proposals to modernize European …

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Public Lending Right for ebooks now a reality in the UK

IAF members Society of Authors (SoA) and the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) have long been lobbying for the extension of Public Lending Right (PLR) to allow authors to be paid for the remote lending of ebooks and audiobooks in the UK. New legislation has now received Royal Assent to make this a reality. This complements the legislation passed …

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