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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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International Authors Forum meets in Athens

Owen Atkinson, Treasurer of the International Authors Forum and Mats Lindberg, member of the Steering Committee chaired the meeting which was attended by representatives mainly from Europe and the United States on this occasion. Confirmation was given of the new members of the Steering Committee along with an update of the conferences representatives of the IAF have attended during the …

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IAF Attends WIPO SCCR 27

The International Authors Forum was represented at the latest meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights at the World Intellectual Property Organisation where the discussions on the near-completed Broadcasting Treaty along with the proposals for broadening certain copyright exceptions continued. IAF’s report of the meeting is available here. Access the documents from the meeting on WIPO’s website.

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Array of world-class authors and international organisations support Authors Guild’s battle to uphold US Copyright

Some of the biggest names in literature, including Margaret Atwood, J.M. Coetzee, Peter Carey and Ursula Le Guin have filed briefs in the ongoing court case between the Authors Guild and Google. They support the Authors Guild and point out the huge risk of the court allowing Google’s dangerous, copyright infringing Google Books Project to continue. The Authors Guild disputes …

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US Copyright Office invites Comments on Orphan Works

On March 10 – 11, the US Copyright Office held two days of public in-person consultations on Orphan Works in Washington, D.C. It is subsequently inviting written comments from the public on this issue, due by 5:00p.m. EDT on May 21, 2014. It is possible for US and non-US parties to submit comments. Details of how to do so, along …

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Tuesday 8 April is Sir Terry Pratchett Day

To celebrate Sir Terry Pratchett as The London Book Fair’s (LBF) Author of the Day on Tuesday 8 April, the International Authors Forum, in association with the London Book Fair, are asking authors from around the world to vote for their favourite character from one of his books. Sir Terry’s Official Top 10 Favourites are: 1.            Commander Vimes 2.            …

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IAF holds a successful first General Meeting

The International Authors Forum is delighted to announce a successful first General Meeting at which its first 28 members were formally approved, making them official members. Its first elected Steering Committee was also appointed. We welcome a diverse membership, which is reflected in the makeup of the Steering Committee who will lead the IAF into its second year as a …

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