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IAF encourages worldwide solidarity with dissolved Sudanese Writers’ Union

The Sudanese Writers Union has been banned by the Ministry of Culture in Sudan and informed that it can no longer carry out its cultural activities as the country heads toward elections in April. The Sudanese Writers Union has released a statement, available in Arabic, English and French. The International Authors Forum expresses solidarity with the Sudanese Writers Union at this …

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Swedish Writers’ Union, Welcome to IAF

The International Authors Forum is delighted to announce the Swedish Writers’ Union is our newest member! The Swedish Writers’ Union represents nearly 3,000 writers and translators, working tirelessly to ensure its members are fairly rewarded for their work, and advising them on making the most of their writing careers. The Swedish Writers’ Union’s inclusion in the IAF membership greatly enhances …

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Vietnam Literary Copyright Center joins IAF

A warm welcome to the Vietnam Literary Copyright Center (VLCC), the newest member of IAF. VLCC is an organisation representing writers, working to promote and protect their copyright. It also a collective management organisation, ensuring payment gets to writers in Vietnam for uses of their work. We are thrilled that a second organisation in Asia has followed the lead of the Korean Society of …

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European Writers’ Council conference report: The value of writers’ work

The European Writers’ Council has today released a report documenting a conference it held in November last year in the European Parliament, entitled ‘The value of writers’ work’ which we are pleased to share with IAF members. The event was held to present evidence-based findings about the challenges facing European writers. Writers were able to discuss their perspective, and to share …

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Member of European Parliament releases report on EU Copyright Directive Implementation

Julia Reda, Member of European Parliament, has released on her website a draft report on the implementation of the EU Information Society Directive 2001/29/EC, also known as the Copyright Directive. The report will be presented at the Legal Affairs Committee on 20th January 2015. The draft forms part of the broader review of copyright being undertaken by the EU. If …

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Court filing ends Authors Guild v. HathiTrust Copyright litigation

Originally posted on The Authors Guild Blog (8 January 2014) Court papers filed yesterday evening brought to an end the Guild’s copyright infringement lawsuit against the group of research libraries known as the HathiTrust. The Guild claimed the library group infringed by reproducing copyright-protected books for inclusion in its HathiTrust Digital Library, a searchable database. The case arose in June 2011 …

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International Authors Forum stands in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo

IAF condemns yesterday’s abhorrent murders; honours the authors, and those protecting them, who lost their lives for practising their profession The International Authors Forum would like to express its horror and condemnation of the assassination of twelve people and the violation of freedom of expression it represents. IAF supports wholeheartedly the right of everyone to express themselves freely, including to …

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Authors all over the world make an impression in Geneva

On 9th December 2014, the International Authors Forum (IAF) gave a presentation in Geneva at the latest copyright meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organisation . The presentation enabled IAF to share the views of individual authors all over the world about the value of secondary sources of income to them. These sources of income get to authors thanks to licensing …

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Welcome to IAF’s newest members – the Korean Society of Authors

The International Authors Forum is proud to welcome KOSA, the Korean Society of Authors, as its newest member. We would also like to extend our thanks to KOSA for making us very welcome on our recent trip to Korea, a full report of which is on its way. IAF is delighted to be growing its global membership and looks forward …

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A creative career: how South Korean creators make it work for them

The International Authors Forum (IAF) held a Meeting in Seoul, South Korea, on Wednesday, 29th October 2014, featuring two influential creators from South Korea: internationally best selling writer Sun-mi Hwang and multi-genre artist Hyo-min Choi. They were Sun-mi Hwang, one of the country’s most prolific writers, who has published over 40 books including the best-selling The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly, …

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