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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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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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