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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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IAF asks Singapore Ministers to preserve authors’ rights ahead of proposed changes to educational copyright

The members of the International Authors Forum (IAF) – 59 organisations representing nearly 650,000 professional creators worldwide – have written to Government Ministers in Singapore. They ask them to respect the continued effective and efficient operation of Singapore’s licensing system which has been generally accepted by the educational sector, and avoid making negative changes to the treatment of copyright in this area. …

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Ten Principles for Fair Contracts, now in French

Following the release of our document outlining Ten Principles for Fair Contracts there is now a French 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 is …

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Update on the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty

As previously reported, the Marrakesh Treaty was adopted on June 27, 2013. It forms part of the body of international copyright treaties administered by WIPO. Its main goal is to create a set of mandatory limitations and exceptions for the benefit of the blind, visually impaired, and otherwise print disabled (VIPs). To date the required 20 countries have signed up …

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Indian court dismisses copyright infringement lawsuit

The Delhi High Court has sided with Delhi University and Rameshwari Photocopying Services in a long awaited judgement brought against them by a number of publishers.  A copy shop on campus had made copies of sections of books, published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press and Taylor & Francis for course packs.  The publishers of those books had brought …

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New EU draft directive strengthens authors’ rights

In his State of the Union address on 14 September, Jean-Claude Juncker said: ‘As the world goes digital, we also have to empower our artists and creators and protect their works. Artists and creators are our crown jewels.’ The International Authors Forum is pleased to note that the European Commission has considered strengthening authors’ rights an important element of their …

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E-Lending and The Digital Economy Bill in the UK

The Authors’ Licensing & Collecting Society (ALCS) and The Society of Authors (SoA) in the UK are calling for the Digital Economy Bill to be amended to extend Public Lending Right to remote offsite ebook lending. The way consumers access books is increasingly changing as technology offers new ways to access written works. Libraries are now lending many ebooks, with 2.3 …

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Ten Principles for Fair Contracts, now in Spanish

Following the release of our document outlining Ten Principles for Fair Contracts there is now a Spanish 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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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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