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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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Public Lending Right International (PLRi): 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 Organization (WIPO) in Geneva introducing Public Lending Right (PLR) to the WIPO delegates with our partner Jim Parker, Co-ordinator of PLR International. The idea was to make them aware of this concept, which remains mainly a European …

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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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12th International Public Lending Right Conference, Paris, September 2017

The 12th International PLR Conference will be held in Paris between 25 and 27 September 2017 and will be hosted by the French PLR organisation, SOFIA. More information on conference registration, hotels, and the conference programme can be found on the conference website.

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Greek Parliament passes new laws on copyright

The Greek Parliament has recently passed a package of new laws relating to copyright. Included in this package is a new law to implement the EU Collective Rights Management Directive regulating collecting societies. Provisions to implement a Greek Public Lending Right (PLR) system was also approved, and so the EU Rental and Lending Directive is finally being implemented in Greece …

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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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