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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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Welcome to our new members from Iceland!

IAF would like to extend a very warm welcome to our new members The Writers’ Union of Iceland (RSÍ). RSÍ is a professional organisation for authors founded in 1974. They are comprised of 470 members, including poets, novelists, dramatists, scriptwriters, writers of children’s books, authors of academic works and translators. The union works to strengthen the association of Icelandic authors, …

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WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights in Geneva

The International Authors Forum attended the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR34) in Geneva during the week commencing 1st May 2017. Mr Daren Tang Heng Shim was elected as Chair of the Committee. He is also Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and a musician. IAF Member the Federazione Unitaria Italiana Scrittori (FUIS) was …

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Celebrating Malawi’s creative sector at WIPO

On 1st May 2017, the International Authors Forum (IAF) along with our partners Public Lending Right International (iPLR), supported an event at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva, ‘Celebrating Malawi’s support for creativity through copyright infrastructure’. WIPO Director General, Francis Gurry, gave the opening speech congratulating Malawi on implementing their new Copyright Act which includes Public Lending Right …

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International Conference on Artist’s Resale Right

On April 28th the International Conference on the Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) took place at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. The conference opened with a history of ARR on how the emotion in France when L’Angelus was sold for 300,000 francs, while the artist’s estate and family were destitute, led to the creation of the French droit …

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Intervention by the International Authors Forum at the SCCR34 on the Artist’s Resale Right

At the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) held the 34th session of its Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), Barbara Hayes spoke on behalf of the IAF to give the authors view on the Artist’s Resale Right. WIPO is a special agency of the United Nations dealing with copyright at an international level. The SCCR includes government representatives of …

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Intervention by the International Authors Forum at the SCCR34 on Education Exceptions

As the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) held the 34th session of its Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) Barbara Hayes spoke on behalf of the IAF to give the authors’ view on education exceptions. WIPO is a special agency of the United Nations dealing with copyright at an international level. The SCCR includes government representatives of the 188 UN …

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Joint letter signed by more than 400 defending absolute territorial exclusivity in the AV sector

On 2 May 2017, 411 trade organisations, companies and European film and TV executives from the audiovisual sector signed a letter highlighting their concerns about EU proposals that could prevent territoriality of licensing for film and TV content. The signatories, represented by all 28 Member States, address the European Parliament regarding the proposed Regulation on country-of-origin licensing. The letter states …

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IAF Position Statement on Artist’s Resale Right

The International Authors Forum has released a position statement making clear the IAF’s stance on the need for Artist’s Resale Right internationally. The Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) entitles creators (authors) of original works of art to a royalty each time their work is resold through an auction house or an art market professional. An ARR can be a significant source …

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