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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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Is this accessibility? Prices of copyright material rise in Canada

‘The Varsity’, the University of Toronto’s student newspaper, reported this week that the abolition of a copyright licence agreement between Access Copyright and the university, has led to an increase in the prices students are being charged for course packs, compilations of material (often protected by copyright) that contain essential reading for their degrees. This means that, without a licence …

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United Nations consultation on Intellectual Property and Human Rights

We encouraged creators and creators’ organisations to submit a response to a consultation carried out by the United Nations on ‘the impact of intellectual property regimes on the enjoyment of the right to science and culture’. More information about the consultation is available through this link:   www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/CulturalRights/Pages/impactofintellectualproperty.aspx   It is important that creators and creators’ organisations have an input …

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Authors come to the Forum at WIPO’s latest copyright committee meeting

Download and view all the documents from the meeting. ‘Limitations and exceptions: Why any international copyright instrument must respect the three-step-test.’ The International Authors Forum (IAF) brought authors to the global debate about copyright exceptions in Geneva on Thursday 3 July 2014 with an event at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), featuring authors from around the world addressing the …

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Tribute to Nadine Gordimer, distinguished supporter of IAF and emblem of undivided South Africa

The International Authors Forum wishes to pay tribute to Nadine Gordimer (20 November 1923 – 13 July 2014) and is particularly honoured to count her among one of its earliest distinguished supporters. Putting her name to an international enterprise for authors everywhere typified the egalitarian, humanitarian approach for which she is recognised. A South African novelist and playwright, Gordimer wrote …

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