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US: Supreme Court Declines to Review Fair Use Finding in Decade-Long Book Copying Case Against Google

NEW YORK, NY, April 18, 2016 — The Authors Guild expressed its disappointment with today’s U.S. Supreme Court order denying review of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Authors Guild v. Google, a copyright infringement case originally filed in 2005. The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear the case leaves standing the Second Circuit’s unprecedented expansion of the fair use doctrine—holding …

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Self-publishers: helping to change lives and bring work to a wider audience

PRESS RELEASE, LONDON, 12 APRIL 2016 Writers can bring their books to millions more readers with the International Authors Forum’s (IAF) new guide for self-published authors on how to make their eBooks accessible for people who are blind or face other challenges to reading books in standard print. ‘Accessible eBook Guidelines for Self-Publishing Authors’ is co-produced with the Accessible Books …

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Swedish Supreme Court: Artists’ copyright for outdoor art also applies online

Sweden’s Supreme Court has found in favour of Bildupphovsrätt in an important matter of principle regarding the interpretation of a restriction in the Swedish Copyright Act. The dispute between Bildupphovsrätt and Wikimedia Sweden relates to whether or not artists retain their copyright online: can public outdoor art be made available to the general public online without the need to pay …

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Congratulations to new IAF Steering Committee

At its AGM held in Stockholm, Sweden last week, the members of IAF elected a new Steering Committee, which will be chaired by John Degen, writer and Executive Director of The Writers’ Union of Canada. The Committee comprises representatives from IAF member organisations in all five regions of the world. For the first time, the region of Mexico, Central and South America …

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IAF at Salon du Livre, Paris, 17 – 19 March 2016

The International Authors Forum is at the Paris Book Fair –  in French the Salon du Livre   IAF’s presence has been made possible thanks to Federazione Unitaria Italiana Scrittori (FUIS) – the Italian Writers Union – one of IAF’s most active members. Attending the Salon is an excellent opportunity for IAF to become more visible not only to the book world of …

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A huge welcome to our new members from around the world

We’re delighted to report a new cluster of IAF members this week. Authors’ organisations from Namibia, Panama and Poland have added their names to our growing network, helping to strengthen solidarity between authors globally. Safeguarding the national cultural heritage and literature of Namibia, The Namibian National Writers Union (NANAWU) becomes our seventh African member. NANAWU carries out valuable work in …

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New blow to Canadian educational writers’ incomes

Canadian writers and publishers in the education sector will go unpaid for up to a million books per year, according to a statement released by The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC) last week TWUC was responding to the Canadian Copyright Board after it set a new royalty rate to cover licensing for the copying of works in schools. This has …

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Welcome SOFIA: our latest member in France

IAF is thrilled to welcome a new member, SOFIA (Societé Française des Intérêts des Authors de l’écrit) SOFIA is a non-profit French society based in Paris, comprised of 8,500 members – 8,000 of them authors. It collects and distributes royalties, PLR and money generated from private digital reproduction, whilst protecting the rights of authors and publishers working exclusively in the …

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Welcome to our new members in Mexico and France

We’re pleased to announce that Sociedad de Autores de Obras Visuales Imagen del Tercer Milenio (SAOV), a membership organisation for visual artists in Mexico, and the French authors’ organisation, the Société des Gens De Lettres (SGDL), have joined the International Authors Forum. In November, IAF met SOAV’s President, Griselda Vistrain, at IAF’s meeting in Puebla, Mexico – ‘Mexican Creators in …

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Thoughts of the international author community are with The Authors Guild

IAF is sad to share the news that Paul Aiken, who led The Authors Guild in the USA for over twenty years, has died. IAF would like to pay tribute to Paul, who was an enormous asset to authors in the US and everywhere. Close colleague and the Guild’s current General Counsel Jan Constantine describes Paul’s remarkable contributions: “Paul was my …

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