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The Business of Being an Author: IAF’s event in Geneva at the latest SCCR

IAF held an event at the latest Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) held at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva, on 7th December 2015. The event, ‘The Business of Being an Author’, was intended to convey to the government delegates at the SCCR for the week, the importance of considering the author’s need to make …

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IAF goes to Mexico City

In November 2015, the International Authors Forum visited Mexico, meeting authors from Mexico and a number of countries in Latin America Mexico City Our first event was at the Vasconcelos Library in Mexico City. IAF representative, Katie Webb, took part in a panel at a conference organised by CEMPRO, the Mexican reproduction rights organisation, giving the author’s perspective on ‘creation, …

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IAF now representing authors in Belize and The Netherlands

In December 2015, both Stichting Lira in the Netherlands and the Belizean Writers Guild joined the International Authors Forum. We met representatives from both organisations earlier in 2015. Lira played a key organisational role in the PLR International conference in The Hague in September, and we learned the story of the recently established Belizean Writers Guild from Felene Cayetano at …

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Members of the International Authors Forum call for publishers worldwide to listen to their concerns over contract terms

Today, authors from a number of countries are releasing open letters asking publishers to reconsider the contract terms they offer authors and outlining the parts of publishing contracts where, from the author’s perspective, reform is urgently needed. The International Authors Forum (IAF) has also established 10 Principles for Fair Contracts. These Principles apply to the needs of authors in the …

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UK PLR funding unchanged until 2019

Following its recent spending review, the UK government has announced that funding for PLR will remain at its current level of £6.6 million until 2019. The British Library, which has responsibility for PLR, is proposing an increased Rate Per Loan of 7.67 pence for the February 2016 payments to authors (up from last year’s Rate of 6.66 pence). The February …

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European Authors’ Group joint statement responding to EC’s Communication on Copyright

On Wednesday 9 December the European Commission (EC) released a Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, entitled ‘Towards a modern, more European copyright framework’. A group of organisations in Europe representing creators has released a joint statement responding to the Communication. The group comprises The European …

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IAF welcomes independent authors on board

We are delighted to announce that our first member representing self-publishing authors (also known as author publishers, or author-preneurs), the Alliance of Independent Authors, has joined IAF. In response to the financial strain authors are being subjected to, often resulting in their independence being compromised if they want a traditional book deal, more and more are going it alone, taking …

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US Court case, Authors Guild v Google, latest decision leaves authors high and dry

On Friday 16th October, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals released its decision in Authors Guild v. Google. “The Authors Guild is disappointed that the Court has failed to reverse the District Court’s flawed interpretation of the fair use doctrine,” said Mary Rasenberger, Executive Director of the Authors Guild in New York. “America owes its thriving literary culture to copyright protection. It is …

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UNESCO survey shows artists need to be supported if we are to ensure global sustainable development

The Report following UNESCO’s survey on the implementation of the UNESCO 1980 Recommendation on the Status of the Artist shows that Artists still face challenges in international market access and exposure. In this article, UNESCO states its support for culture and for artists, recognising the essential role they play in ensuring worldwide sustainable development:

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International PLR Conference in The Hague, 24 – 25 September 2015

Mauritshuis PLR Conference September 2015

International PLR Network Co-ordinator Jim Parker reports on a successful conference Some 80 delegates from over 30 countries attended the 11th International PLR Conference in The Hague last month. The conference was open to representatives of countries with well-established PLR systems, and to nations where authors’ organisations are campaigning for PLR to be set up. The conference was hosted by …

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