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Library closures and book tax in Canadian province threaten a lasting detriment for readers and writers

In the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the provincial Government has introduced a new book tax. The new 10 per cent book tax took effect on January 1 2017, and is in addition to a federal tax of five per cent, leading to an overall 15% tax on books in the province, the only province in Canada to impose such a heavy burden on reading. This will have …

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IAF members in the USA campaign on copying case

Last December several USA based members of the International Authors Forum including the National Writers Union, The Authors Guild joined a diverse coalition of writers and photographers organisations to oppose a case of books and journals being scanned wholesale for university classes without payment to the original creators. This coalition presented a “friends of the court” brief on a court …

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CJEU rules on out-of-print books in France

On 16 November the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) gave its Judgement in Case C-301/15, a case focusing on the digital reproduction of out-of-print books, in which it was decided that authors have the exclusive right to authorise or prohibit the reproduction and communication to the public of their works. In a press release from the Court it …

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The Union of Finnish Writers based in Helsinki join the IAF

IAF is delighted to welcome new member The Union of Finnish Writers, a long established professional organization of fiction authors which was founded in 1897. The Union’s purpose is to develop and improve the conditions in which writers work as well as to promote Finnish literature. There are approximately 750 members who make up the Union. The Union’s values are; …

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IAF welcomes new member, Norwegian Association of Literary Translators based in Oslo

We are thrilled to welcome The Norwegian Association of Literary Translators (NO) as the latest members of IAF. NO is an independent translation organisation with almost 340 members translating from over 50 other languages into Norwegian. They represent the interests of their members regarding matters of copyright protection and negotiating agreements. The association’s objectives are to: serve as a professional …

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IAF event summary – A Guide to Public Lending Right: Facts & Fiction

On the 17th of November the International Authors Forum held a side event at the World Intellectual Property Organisation SCCR 33 to launch the new Guide to Public Lending Right, created by the International PLR Network in partnership with the IAF. His Excellency, Mr. Robert Salama, Permanent Representative of Malawi to the United Nations, Geneva, kindly opened the session introducing …

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International Authors Forum joins publishers and booksellers call to support freedom of expression in Turkey

The IAF is joining calls for the Turkish government to drop charges against novelist and human rights activist Asli Erdogan and linguist Necmiye Alpay. Both were re-arrested last week under the accusation of “membership of a terrorist organisation”. The International Authors Forum supports the freedom of expression of authors across the globe and is concerned by the current situation in …

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IAF event summary: Protecting Authors’ Rights: A Dutch Perspective, a Global Lookout

At the 2016 IFRRO Conference in Amsterdam the International Authors Forum hosted an open meeting with panel discussions focusing on the Dutch perspective on authors’ rights, followed by a meeting for IAF members to update on the work of the IAF and members. In the first part of our open meeting, Jeroen Thijssen talked to Nicolette Hoekmeijer and Kees Schaepman …

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Public Lending Right Introductory Guide available now

We can now announce the release of a project we have had the opportunity to support the International PLR Network with, Public Lending Right (PLR): An Introductory Guide. This guide has been prepared by the Co-ordinator of the International PLR Network as an introduction to Public Lending Right. The PLR Network exists to encourage the exchange of information and best …

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IAF welcomes Spanish Supreme Court decision on private copies of works

Spanish Supreme Court decision quashes Royal Decree which adversely effected writers and translators being fairly paid for private copies of works Recent news from the Supreme Court in Spain confirms that the Royal Decree which regulates the procedure for payment of fair compensation for private copying of works under the Spanish State Budget has been quashed in the EGEDA case. …

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