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CISAC calls for new legislation to ensure a fair digital market for creators

Speaking at UNESCO on June 12th 2017, Jean-Michel Jarre, musician and President of CISAC called for new legislation ‘to make the digital revolution the “creators’ revolution”’. In his speech to UNESCO Jarre talked about how in his career as a musician he had seen the evolution of the creative sectors into the digital world. He made that point that while …

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IAF talks to Suomen Kirjailijaliito (The Union of Finnish Writers)

The IAF member Suomen Kijailijaliitto (The Union of Finnish Writers) met with Barbara Hayes and Luke Alcott to discuss their work in Finland. Established in 1897 The Union of Finnish Writers is the professional organization of fiction authors who write in Finnish. The Union of Finnish Writers has about 760 members and its purpose is to develop the professional status …

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IAF meets Suomen Tietokirjailijat (The Finnish association of Non-Fiction Writers)

Barbara Hayes and Luke Alcott caught from the IAF met with Jukka-Pekka Pietiäinen, Executive Director of the association of Finnish Non-Fiction Writers (Suomen Tietokirjailijat) during a recent conference in Finland to learn what they do for writers in Finland. In Finland 80% of publishing is non-fiction (excluding translated books) with 90% of that written by Finnish writers. Of the 6,000 …

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IAF meeting in Helsinki

At the IAF Meeting in Helsinki, members heard updates from Barbara Hayes and Luke Alcott on the work of the IAF since the AGM and from Jim Parker of PLR International regarding the ongoing work of the IAF and PLR International. Discussing developments at WIPO, Luke discussed the Artist’s Resale Right Conference and how it expressed the importance of Artist’s …

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EU designates new Commissioner to Digital Economy and Society portfolio

President Juncker of the European Commission has designated Mariya Gabriel to the role of Digital Economy and Society role. Gabrial was the candidate proposed by the Bulgarian Government for the role which is particularly important as it will support the implementation of the Digital Single Market Strategy in the European Union. The Digital Single Market Strategy includes proposals to modernize European …

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Public Lending Right for ebooks now a reality in the UK

IAF members Society of Authors (SoA) and the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) have long been lobbying for the extension of Public Lending Right (PLR) to allow authors to be paid for the remote lending of ebooks and audiobooks in the UK. New legislation has now received Royal Assent to make this a reality. This complements the legislation passed …

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Welcome to our new members from Iceland!

IAF would like to extend a very warm welcome to our new members The Writers’ Union of Iceland (RSÍ). RSÍ is a professional organisation for authors founded in 1974. They are comprised of 470 members, including poets, novelists, dramatists, scriptwriters, writers of children’s books, authors of academic works and translators. The union works to strengthen the association of Icelandic authors, …

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WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights in Geneva

The International Authors Forum attended the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR34) in Geneva during the week commencing 1st May 2017. Mr Daren Tang Heng Shim was elected as Chair of the Committee. He is also Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore and a musician. IAF Member the Federazione Unitaria Italiana Scrittori (FUIS) was …

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Celebrating Malawi’s creative sector at WIPO

On 1st May 2017, the International Authors Forum (IAF) along with our partners Public Lending Right International (iPLR), supported an event at the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in Geneva, ‘Celebrating Malawi’s support for creativity through copyright infrastructure’. WIPO Director General, Francis Gurry, gave the opening speech congratulating Malawi on implementing their new Copyright Act which includes Public Lending Right …

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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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