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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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Italian Communication Authority AGCOM to announce online copyright regulation

Adding to the spate of activity around the world to ensure copyright law is “fit for purpose” in today’s digital world, AGCOM, the Italian Communication Authority, are at last to issue a draft regulation on copyright protection online. A public consultation will follow. This comes after difficulties and delays the authority have had in taking action to protect content on …

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USA: the next great Copyright Act?

On 20th March, head of the US Copyright Office, Maria Pallante, testified before congress to call for an update to US copyright law. It is essential that the integrity and vital protection that copyright law gives creators be maintained, but there are fears that it is under the threat of accusations that call copyright unnecessarily complex and outdated in an …

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