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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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Call to Action: International Literacy Day

Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope. It is a tool for daily life in modern society. It is a bulwark against poverty, and a building block of development, an essential complement to investments in roads, dams, clinics and factories. Literacy is a platform for democratization, and a vehicle for the promotion of cultural and national identity. Especially for …

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Partnership between the International Authors Forum (IAF) and the International Public Lending Right (IPLR) Network

        PRESS RELEASE, LONDON, 11 AUGUST 2015 Agreement has been reached on a partnership between the International Authors Forum and the International Public Lending Right Network, which will work together to promote PLR internationally. A Public Lending Right is the right for authors to get paid when their works are used by the public free of charge. …

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Fondation Jan Michalski pour l’Ecriture et la Littérature


Fondation Jan Michalski © Leo Fabrizio IAF was delighted to discover and visit the Fondation Jan Michalski pour l’Ecriture et la Littérature in the peaceful setting of Montricher, near Geneva, last month. The Foundation has been created to support literary creation worldwide, and to keep writers writing, in keeping with the spirit of Jan Michalski, the late husband of its …

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Authors for Accessibility: Maureen Duffy, UK

The International Authors Forum represents authors on the Board of the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC), which is working toward solving the global “famine” of books preventing blind people and others who cannot read books in conventional formats enjoying the same diverse choice of books as those who can. The adoption of the Marrakesh Treaty of the World Intellectual Property Organisation in 2013 …

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Authors for Accessibility: Maribel Steel, Australia

Changing the way we see books Maribel Steel, author, online content writer, speaker and peer advisor for VisionAware (AFB) USA. She mentors in the ART of being blind. www.maribelsteel.com Access to published work has proliferated on our computer screens, audio devices, iPhones and tablets. Yet, millions of blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled people (including those with learning difficulties) are …

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Canadian creative and educational potential shrinking, PwC Report finds

The findings of an economic study by Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) justify the warnings by Canadian authors and publishers that recent changes to copyright law in Canada will only continue to harm authors, publishers and education. An affordable, good quality and innovative education system served by a diverse range of materials is under threat, the study confirms. According to PwC’s analysis, …

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