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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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IAF delighted to receive a warm welcome from the World Intellectual Property Organisation

Last night the International Authors Forum launched at the headquarters of WIPO in Switzerland, with a programme of eminent speakers followed by an evening cocktail. Maureen Duffy, UK writer and authors’ rights expert, Joanne Harris, prolific novelist and writer of ‘Chocolat’, Roberto Cabot, a respected visual artist from Brazil, and Rob Levine who is a prominent advocate of copyright, all …

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Report of Conference on Enhancing the Culture of Books and Reading in the Digital Age

On 14th and 15th November 2013 Owen Atkinson represented the International Authors Forum at a conference held in the National Library of Peru. IAF was delighted also to welcome guest speakers María Fernanda Mendoza, Legal Director of the Mexican Institute of Radio (IMER), and Alfredo Dammert, an author from Lima, Peru. Read Owen’s report from the conference.

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Google’s bookscanning is deemed to be “Fair Use” in judgment of marathon copyright case

A US federal judge has dismissed a copyright lawsuit brought against Google for a scanning project which involved scanning millions of pages from libraries without the permission of right-holders. In 2005, authors and publishers sued Google and a settlement was proposed in 2008 but was ultimately rejected by supervising judge Denny Chin, who urged that the settlement be revised from …

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International Authors Forum prepares for trip to Perú

Having just returned from Istanbul where we were privileged to hear the important views of two Turkish creators, the International Authors Forum is excitedly anticipating its participation in a conference on the topic of enhancing the culture of books and reading in the digital age in Peru. There to debate these issues – and speak up for the importance of …

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IAF to host open meeting in Istanbul, Turkey

Following the success of our Open Meeting in Buenos Aires last year, The International Authors Forum is excited to announce two meetings in Istanbul on 1st November 2013: an Open Meeting 10:00 – 11:30 (refreshments from 9.30) Creators from Turkey and David Uwemedimo, Director, Creators and Performers Support Division of the World Intellectual Property Organisation, will be discussing current challenges …

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