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International Conference on Artist’s Resale Right

On April 28th the International Conference on the Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) took place at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. The conference opened with a history of ARR on how the emotion in France when L’Angelus was sold for 300,000 francs, while the artist’s estate and family were destitute, led to the creation of the French droit …

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Intervention by the International Authors Forum at the SCCR34 on the Artist’s Resale Right

At the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) held the 34th session of its Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), Barbara Hayes spoke on behalf of the IAF to give the authors view on the Artist’s Resale Right. WIPO is a special agency of the United Nations dealing with copyright at an international level. The SCCR includes government representatives of …

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Intervention by the International Authors Forum at the SCCR34 on Education Exceptions

As the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) held the 34th session of its Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) Barbara Hayes spoke on behalf of the IAF to give the authors’ view on education exceptions. WIPO is a special agency of the United Nations dealing with copyright at an international level. The SCCR includes government representatives of the 188 UN …

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Joint letter signed by more than 400 defending absolute territorial exclusivity in the AV sector

On 2 May 2017, 411 trade organisations, companies and European film and TV executives from the audiovisual sector signed a letter highlighting their concerns about EU proposals that could prevent territoriality of licensing for film and TV content. The signatories, represented by all 28 Member States, address the European Parliament regarding the proposed Regulation on country-of-origin licensing. The letter states …

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IAF Position Statement on Artist’s Resale Right

The International Authors Forum has released a position statement making clear the IAF’s stance on the need for Artist’s Resale Right internationally. The Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) entitles creators (authors) of original works of art to a royalty each time their work is resold through an auction house or an art market professional. An ARR can be a significant source …

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Spanish intellectual property rights organisations, AIE, AISGE, CEDRO, DAMA, EGEDA, SGAE and VEGAP, lodge complaint with European Commission against the Spanish State

A complaint had been filed with the European Commission against the Spanish State by AIE, AISGE, CEDRO, DAMA, EGEDA, SGAE and VEGAP. These are organisations that manage the intellectual property rights of Spanish artists, authors, publishers and audio-visual producers. The complaint was in reference to the Spanish State maintaining the exception of private copying without remuneration for authors even though …

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IAF Position Statements on Public Libraries and Tax on Books

The International Authors Forum agreed at its AGM to release two new position statements, making clear the IAF’s stance on the issue of Public Libraries and Tax on Books. Whether for pleasure, study or self-improvement it is important that we, as a society, make the practice of reading accessible to all. The retail cost of books is a determinant in …

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“Penne in borsa 2017”: open call for two writing residencies in Umbria, Italy

Federazione Unitaria Italiana Scrittori (FUIS) has established two writing residencies in Casteldilago, Umbria, Italy, for emerging writers. One residency will go to an Italian writer and the other to a writer from outside Italy. FUIS wishes to involve other national authors’ associations in this initiative by inviting them to put forward candidates from within their memberships, as well as accepting …

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Gratulacje Poland! First year of Public Lending Right (PLR) under the management of Copyright Polska

At the end of 2015, Public Lending Right (PLR) was implemented into Polish Copyright Law. Barbara Józwiak of CopyrightPolska reports to IAF members. Under this new regulation, about €1 million (3,801,000 PLN in 2016) from the state budget is allocated for PLR remunerations each year. This amount of money is distributed to authors, translators, contributors, inheritors/successors (75%) and publishers (25%). …

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The Paris Book Fair

The IAF attended the Paris Book Fair on the 24th of March. The event was bustling with authors, publishing professionals and members of the public keen to see the work of their favourite authors and potentially meet them for book signings. The IAF enjoyed the opportunity to meet members and see their work, whilst sharing news about the work of …

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