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Marrakesh VIP Treaty: one step closer to solving global book famine

On 20 June 2016 Canada signed the Marrakesh Treaty, becoming the 20th country of the 188 Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to do so. The Treaty is designed to enable the production of more books and other published material in formats which are accessible for people who are visually impaired (VIPs). Signed by 51 countries at its …

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Katie Webb bids IAF farewell

Katie Webb, who has been Executive Administrator of the International Authors Forum (IAF) since its inception, has sadly announced her departure from the organisation and will be leaving this week. Webb joined IAF at the end of 2011 after finishing her Law conversion course at King’s College, which followed on from her MA in Medieval English. Her relentless hard work …

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Toronto: Book Summit 16 and The Canadian Writers’ Summit

Book Summit 16 and The Canadian Writers’ Summit (CWS) took place from June 15th – 19th 2016 in Toronto, Canada. The International Authors Forum was lucky enough to take part, along with several of our members. Fighting for an author-friendly copyright framework IAF’s first panel was ‘Copyright Matters: A Look at the Ongoing Pressure on Copyright Around the Globe’, as …

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IAF supports Australian Society of Authors’ response to concerning IP Report

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has made a submission to the Australian Government Productivity Commission responding to its draft report on Intellectual Property Arrangements, which has been supported by a letter from the International Authors Forum. Download the submission here. The ASA opposes the Productivity Commission’s draft recommendations relating to: the introduction of “fair use” the repealing of parallel importation rules …

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The Writers’ Union of Canada Launches #WhyWritersMatter Campaign

In conjunction with the inaugural Canadian Writers’ Summit taking place June 15-19, 2016 at Harbourfront in Toronto, The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) is launching its #WhyWritersMatter Campaign. Canadian writers play an essential and pivotal role in every aspect of our lives. The #WhyWritersMatter Campaign is designed to remind us of the value and importance of writers, and the role …

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Nigerian authors become part of IAF

The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) has joined the International Authors Forum Representing 1,000 Nigerian authors at home and abroad, the association exists to pursue the following aims: To promote the interests of Nigerian writers and authors To develop Nigerian literature To contribute to the building of an egalitarian society To cooperate with other such organisations across the world ANA’s …

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Australia: (Un)fair dealings from the Productivity Commission Report

(Originally posted on the Australian Society of Authors’ website: 29th April 2016) There is nothing fair about the recommendations in the Productivity Commission’s draft report into Intellectual Property Arrangements, which was released today. But a report accompanied by an infographic “COPY (NOT) RIGHT” was never going to be fair to Australia’s artists. Under Australia’s current copyright law, it is perfectly …

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IAF meets authors and members at Salon du Livre, Paris, France, 17th- 19th March 2016

FUIS, the Italian Writers’ Union and IAF member, invited Katie Webb to represent IAF as its guest at the Salon du Livre, the International Book Fair in Paris.   Of the many highlights of the Salon, IAF was pleased to meet representatives from its three French members, Société des Gens De Lettres (SGDL), Conseil Permanent des Écrivains (CPE) and Sofia. Katie …

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IAF asks Canadian Ministers to remedy damage to authors’ rights and incomes due to educational copyright exceptions

The members of the International Authors Forum (IAF) – 57 organisations representing over 600,000 individual creators worldwide – have written to Government Ministers in Canada. They ask them to take action to undo the damage done to Canadian authors by a change to Canada’s copyright law in 2012. IAF’s solidarity with Canadian authors has become necessary due to the disastrous …

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IAF represented at WIPO Conference on the Global Digital Content Market

  Authors Maureen Duffy (UK) and Dr Federico Polak at WIPO Global Digital Content Market conference April 2016 (Argentina) represented authors at a conference hosted by WIPO in Geneva from April 20th – 22nd to discuss the most urgent issues facing the creative industries in the digital age Maureen Duffy reports: I attended the Digital Content Market Conference organised by WIPO in Geneva, …

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