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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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IAF response to the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on 10 November 2016

The IAF notes the ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) on 10 November 2016 clarifying that the requirement under EU law for authors to receive compensation for loans of their books by public libraries may also extend to the lending of ebooks. The ruling acknowledges the important point that any system of e-lending should aim …

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Ten Principles for Fair Contracts, now in Italian

Following the release of our document outlining Ten Principles for Fair Contracts there is now a Italian version of this document available. 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. As such it …

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Significant changes to Senior Level Appointments announced this week by the U.S Librarian of Congress

This week has seen some significant changes to the Copyright Office Leadership by the newly elected U.S Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden. It was announced that Maria Pallante, Register of Copyrights and Director of the United States Copyright Office has been removed from this post and placed in the new role of Senior Advisor for Digital Strategy within the …

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