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Report from London Book Fair: Accessibility

Creating digital books for learners with disabilities was the agenda for the ‘Textbooks for All’ panel discussion, hosted by Unicef along with partners Accessible Books Consortium (ABC), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and International Publishers Association (IPA). The Marrakesh Treaty Hugo Setzer, Vice President of IPA, said that the world’s publishing community was fully committed to bringing accessible textbooks to …

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Report from London Book Fair: Copyright

Consensus on copyright The Charles Clarke Memorial lecture, founded by the Publishers’ Association (PA), the Federation of European Publishers (FEP), and the Publishers Licensing Society (PLS), is the leading copyright event of the London Book Fair. This year, it featured a debate on ‘fair use’ with Judge Pierre Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, …

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IAF London Book Fair report: Poland is country of focus for 2017

The Author HQ at this year’s annual London Book Fair, at the Olympia Conference Centre in London from 14th-16th March 2017, was packed to the rafters with writers from around the globe. Authors attended to hear seminars from industry professionals helping them make informed decisions about getting work published and protecting their rights once they had been offered a publishing …

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National Writers Union defends writers in the US and abroad

The National Writers Union has been defending writers against attacks on copyright and on freedom of the press in the USA and abroad. Larry Goldbetter of the National Writers Union (NWU) reports. On February 3, we joined PEN America at the Research Institute of Turkey in a joint event calling for the freedom of Ahmed Sik and the 150 jailed …

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Influential Malawian writer Desmond Dudwa Phiri honoured

Dr. Desmond Dudwa Phiri is renowned as the most influential player in the development of Malawi. Locally known as DD Phiri, he was honoured on 26th February 2017 by the Baptist Church in Malawi at a colourful ceremony near Independence Arch, Chichiri in Blantyre. Story by Samuel Makore of the Malawi Writers Union Phiri, 82, who is a reputed historian, …

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IAF calls on Canada to protect its cultural workers by repairing copyright

At its annual general meeting in London, the International Authors Forum passed a special resolution calling upon the Canadian government to immediately repair its copyright legislation, after earlier amendments resulted in unsustainable economic losses to Canada’s authors and publishers. Canada has recently completed a comprehensive public consultation on cultural policy, legislation and regulation. In recent statements to the press, Minister …

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Court of Appeal rules that The Pirate Bay and Swefilmer must be blocked in Sweden

The Pirate Bay, a Swedish online index of digital content of entertainment media and software, has been blocked by the Internet Service Provider, Bredbandsbolaget – a move recently ordered by The Patent and Market Court of Appeal in Sweden. Sweden’s most popular streaming movie and TV show site, Swefilmer, has also been blocked – both websites sparking controversies and discussion …

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IAF asks Newfoundland and Labrador Government to reconsider tax on books

The membership of the International Authors Forum (IAF) – 60 organisations representing nearly 650,000 professional creators worldwide – have written to Government Ministers in Newfoundland and Labrador. They ask for the Government to consider the negative impact a book tax will have, significantly increasing the costs of books for readers in the province. The International Authors Forum calls for this book tax to be reconsidered.  …

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The Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents in support of the Ten Principles for Fair Contracts

A newly-formed organisation known as the Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents (PACLA) has recently been set up in Canada. The members of PACLA represent more than 1,000 writers and illustrators in Canada and the organisation has a number of important functions – including adding another Canadian voice to the IAF global Fair Contract Initiative. We are delighted they will …

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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% book tax took effect on 1st January 2017, and is in addition to a federal tax of 5%, 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 the effect of significantly …

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