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Full report of IAF representation at WIPO Diplomatic Conference, 26th – 28th June 2013

The International Authors Forum is pleased to release a report of its activity in Marrakech, including analysis of the adopted treaty text and an outline of the wider benefits for the IAF of its presence at the Conference as it continues to establish itself. Read the full report here. Read IFRRO’s analysis of the text here. The Library Copyright Alliance …

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International Authors Forum closing address at WIPO Diplomatic Conference

On Thursday 27 June the World Intellectual Property Organisation adopted the text of a treaty to enable greater access to published works for the world’s 400 million blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled population. The International Authors Forum is delighted that the negotiations concluded and look forward to the increased access to their works this treaty will facilitate. View …

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“VIP” Treaty: Negotiations conclude with Adoption of Treaty Text

The International Authors Forum is delighted to announce the adoption of a treaty text last night at the WIPO Diplomatic Conference in Marrakech that will enable wider access to copyright works for the world’s visually impaired and print disabled population. Authors congratulate the negotiators on reaching an agreement, which will enable more people to read and enjoy authors’ works more …

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WIPO International Treaty to enable access to copyright content for Visually Impaired

Representatives of the International Authors Forum including globally respected copyright campaigner and published author of over 30 books, Maureen Duffy, attended the Diplomatic Conference to conclude this treaty at a Diplomatic Conference in Marrakech between 24 and 27 June 2013. On 25 June Maureen Duffy addressed delegates from Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Georgia emphasising the importance of reaching a treaty …

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IAF Welcomes NFB and MPAA Joint Statement on WIPO Treaty to Enable Access to Copyright Content for Visually Impaired and Print Disabled

The International Authors Forum welcomes the Joint Statement by National Federation of the Blind (NFB) President Marc Maurer and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) Chairman, Senator Chris Dodd, on the Importance of Completing the WIPO Visually Impaired Treaty released on 30 May 2013. Authors welcome any proposal to increase the repertoire of their works available to the visually …

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International Treaty to enable access to copyright content for Visually Impaired and Print Disabled

As part of our continuing work on behalf of authors worldwide, the International Authors Forum (IAF) will attend the forthcoming World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Diplomatic Conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, taking place from June 18– 28, where WIPO will conclude an international copyright treaty to enable access to copyright works for the benefit of the world’s blind and print disabled …

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EU/USA Trade Agreement: Cultural Exception, Yes from the European Parliament

Strasbourg has voted to maintain the cultural goods and services exclusion from the EU/USA Trade Agreement. This is good news for creators, because it means that cultural and audiovisual services, including online services, will not be subject to negotiations that could put arts and culture in peril by putting financial bargaining before accessibility to cultural goods and services. However, happily, …

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International Authors Forum is formally incorporated

IAF is thrilled to announce its formal incorporation as a limited not-for-profit company. This means IAF can now formally accept membership applications. We welcome interest in joining from any organisation that represents authors anywhere. Please contact us or fill in our apply online if your organisation would like to join. IAF will hold its first General Meeting in Istanbul in …

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WIPO SCCR on a treaty to enable access to copyright content for visually impaired and print disabled people

Maureen Duffy will attend this meeting in Geneva on behalf of the International Authors Forum where late stage negotiations are taking place to decide an international policy on enabling access to copyright content for the visually impaired and print disabled. The IAF takes the following position on the issue, but will be engaging with other rightholders in Geneva, working with …

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Preserve Venice as a city of readers

Authors from all over the world are campaigning hard to save Venice’s bookshops from closure, denying the city’s native residents as well as its permanent international population of visitors and inhbitants an important cultural point of access. Authors have put together a manifesto to convince politicians that this literary aspect of the city’s cultural heritage must be preserved, including their …

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