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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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IAF asks Newfoundland and Labrador Government to reconsider tax on books

The membership of the International Authors Forum (IAF) – 60 organisations representing nearly 650,000 professional creators worldwide – have written to Government Ministers in Newfoundland and Labrador. They ask for the Government to consider the negative impact a book tax will have, significantly increasing the costs of books for readers in the province. The International Authors Forum calls for this book tax to be reconsidered.  …

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The Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents in support of the Ten Principles for Fair Contracts

A newly-formed organisation known as the Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents (PACLA) has recently been set up in Canada. The members of PACLA represent more than 1,000 writers and illustrators in Canada and the organisation has a number of important functions – including adding another Canadian voice to the IAF global Fair Contract Initiative. We are delighted they will …

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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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CJEU rules on out-of-print books in France

On 16 November the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) gave its Judgement in Case C-301/15, a case focusing on the digital reproduction of out-of-print books, in which it was decided that authors have the exclusive right to authorise or prohibit the reproduction and communication to the public of their works. In a press release from the Court it …

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