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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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IAF Attends WIPO Director General’s Meeting with NGOs

IAF was represented at this annual meeting with WIPO’s recently re-elected Director General Francis Gurry. The purpose of the meeting was to enhance the dialogue between WIPO and members of the NGO community who hold observer status on WIPO’s various committees. The report of the meeting is available here.

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IAF to participate in ANFASA’s first Annual Conference in Johannesburg

The International Authors Forum is thrilled to be participating in the Academic and Non-fiction Authors’ Association of South Africa’s (ANFASA) inaugural conference, a fitting celebration of ANFASA’s tenth anniversary. The conference promises a stimulating and diverse range of speakers and topics, covering specific legal and practical issues affecting authors, as well as addressing broader cultural and social questions about the value …

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IAF becomes part of the WIPO-based Accessible Books Consortium

The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) aims to increase the number of books worldwide in accessible formats – such as braille, audio and large print – and to make them available to people who are blind, have low vision or are otherwise print disabled. The ABC is a multi-stakeholder partnership, comprising WIPO, organizations that serve people with print disabilities and organizations representing …

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EUROPE: Artists Resale Right signing ceremony

‘Key Principles and Recommendations on the Management of the Author Resale Right’ adopted at a signing ceremony organised in Brussels by Commissioner Barnier Since discussions between organisations representing the visual arts last February with the aim of forming better mutual understanding about the importance of the artists resale right, the signing of of these Principles and Recommendations is a landmark …

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AUSTRALIA: New developments for Australia’s proposed copyright reforms

The Law Reform Commission in Australia has recommended that Australia adopts copyright exceptions to its law in the form of ‘fair use’ provisions. Fair use, a tenet of US copyright law, is an undefined concept that permits judges flexibility in determining when a copyright infringement might be deemed to be ‘fair’. It is notoriously unfair to authors and copyright owners, …

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IAF welcomes new members

Welcome to our two newest member organisations, the Australian Society of Authors and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. See the full list of our members, whose membership will be formally ratified at our General Meeting on 18th March. General Meeting IAF’s first General Meeting will take place on 18th March 2013. More details about attending the meeting, and nominating …

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Norway sets a shining example of how access to copyright works can be balanced with fair pay for authors at a fair price to users with new free digital library

Reports have been published today about Bokhylla, a new initiative in Norway making literature available online for free. The National Library of Norway, which is responsible for the project, has so far made available 125,000 works, with the number due to reach 250,000. The news for rightholders, including authors, isn’t as bad as it sounds. The books have only been …

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International Authors Forum to hold first General Meeting on Tuesday, 18th March 2014

The International Authors Forum is delighted to announce that its first General Meeting will take place on Tuesday, 18th March at 14.00 GMT. The meeting will be held in London, at the registered office of the IAF. Representatives of member organisations are welcome to attend in person or via teleconference. The meeting will consist of the formal ratification of membership …

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