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Free is not fair – Australian authors fear “fair use” educational exceptions

The secondary incomes of Australian authors are under threat after the Productivity Commission made recommendations which could enable the mass copying and re-use of educational material for free. Similar changes to Canadian copyright law in 2012 have severely impacted the incomes of educational authors and rendered licensing schemes inoperable. Licensing has long been viewed as a fair way of to compensate …

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Ten Principles for Fair Contracts for Authors

Thanks to IAF’s members we have now arrived at Ten Principles for Fair Contracts A work in progress for the past year, this document reflects – in ten points – what IAF’s membership feels most strongly should and should not be contained in the contracts in which authors agree to the exploitation of their work through publication or production in any form, …

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New Member announcement: Authors Guild of India joins IAF

IAF is delighted to welcome new Member, The Authors’ Guild of India, based in New Delhi. The Guild represents almost 500 writers in Indian territory, working in the interests of authors before the Government and other agencies. It seeks to resolve grievances between authors and publishers on issues of royalties and publication, as well as to create awareness of authors’ rights and …

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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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