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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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Resale Right added to World Intellectual Property Organisation Discussion Agenda

On Friday 3 July, following a busy week of advocacy and meetings in Geneva, the visual artist’s resale right was officially added to the agenda of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) for discussion at future sessions. This is a major achievement in the campaign to extend this important right to all regions …

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Orphan Works and Mass Digitisation: US Copyright Office Notice of Inquiry

The US Copyright Office has announced a consultation on the topic of ‘Mass Digitisation’. The deadline is 9th October 2015. Authors are encouraged to respond. The consultation forms part of the Copyright Office’s efforts to develop legislation to facilitate mass digitisation projects while respecting the rights of copyright holders – including authors – about the digitisation of their works, especially …

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Authors speak to the world about the importance of archives for preserving their works

Here’s what IAF representative  and illustrious author Maureen Duffy had to say about the issue of crucial “preservation” done by libraries and archives at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva this week: Further information In Geneva, the International Authors Forum joined delegates from 188 Member States, as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs) representing libraries, publishers and other stakeholders to …

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IAF ends June in Geneva for worldwide copyright meeting

This week IAF is in Geneva to make the author’s voice heard at the Copyright Committee (SCCR) meeting at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). IAF is particularly concerned to ensure authors’ rights to payment and control over their work remains protected in the face of proposals for additional international copyright exceptions. These exceptions would erode authors’ rights in their …

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Authors’ falling incomes in three countries make the case for international solidarity between authors

Results were released by ALCS (a writers’ collecting society) in the UK earlier this year showing that writers’ incomes have fallen by a dramatic 29% since 2005. Figures recently released from Canada and the USA follow suit: a survey by the Writers’ Union of Canada found that writers in Canada are making 27% less from their writing than they were in …

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IAF proud to include Catalan language writers in its work

This week, La Associació d’Escriptors en Llengua Catalana (AELC) – the Association of Catalan Language Writers – has joined the International Authors Forum (IAF). Based in Barcelona, AELC has a history stretching back to 1977, formed to represent writers and translators in Catalan and to spread Catalan literature within and outside Catalan territory. AELC fights for the rights of, informs and helps its members, …

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Italian Federation of Authors’ Associations joins IAF

Above: Natale Antonio Rossi (FUIS President), Katie Webb (IAF Secretariat) and Simone Di Corza (FUIS General Secretary) at London Book Fair (14 April 2015) Photo Credit: Ida Baucia After a warm meeting and exchange of views at the London Book Fair last week, the Federazione Unitaria Italiana Scrittori (FUIS – the Italian Federation of Authors’ Associations) has shown its support …

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Two Winners Announced for Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Award 

Cambridge University Press and Bangladesh’s Young Power in Social Action are the joint winners of the inaugural Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing. The awards were presented during a ceremony on April 14 at the London Book Fair 2015 as part of its international excellence awards series. Both Cambridge University Press (CUP) and Young Power in Social …

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