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Court of Appeal rules that The Pirate Bay and Swefilmer must be blocked in Sweden

The Pirate Bay, a Swedish online index of digital content of entertainment media and software, has been blocked by the Internet Service Provider, Bredbandsbolaget – a move recently ordered by The Patent and Market Court of Appeal in Sweden. Sweden’s most popular streaming movie and TV show site, Swefilmer, has also been blocked – both websites sparking controversies and discussion …

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IAF asks Newfoundland and Labrador Government to reconsider tax on books

The membership of the International Authors Forum (IAF) – 60 organisations representing nearly 650,000 professional creators worldwide – have written to Government Ministers in Newfoundland and Labrador. They ask for the Government to consider the negative impact a book tax will have, significantly increasing the costs of books for readers in the province. The International Authors Forum calls for this book tax to be reconsidered.  …

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The Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents in support of the Ten Principles for Fair Contracts

A newly-formed organisation known as the Professional Association of Canadian Literary Agents (PACLA) has recently been set up in Canada. The members of PACLA represent more than 1,000 writers and illustrators in Canada and the organisation has a number of important functions – including adding another Canadian voice to the IAF global Fair Contract Initiative. We are delighted they will …

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Library closures and book tax in Canadian province threaten a lasting detriment for readers and writers

In the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the provincial Government has introduced a new book tax. The new 10% book tax took effect on 1st January 2017, and is in addition to a federal tax of 5%, leading to an overall 15% tax on books in the province, the only province in Canada to impose such a heavy burden on reading. This will have the effect of significantly …

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IAF members in the USA campaign on copying case

Last December, several USA-based members of the International Authors Forum, including the National Writers Union and The Authors Guild, joined a diverse coalition of writers and photographers organisations to oppose a case of books and journals being scanned wholesale for university classes without payment to the original creators. This coalition presented a ‘friends of the court’ brief on a court …

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CJEU rules on out-of-print books in France

On 16 November the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) gave its Judgement in Case C-301/15, a case focusing on the digital reproduction of out-of-print books, in which it was decided that authors have the exclusive right to authorise or prohibit the reproduction and communication to the public of their works. In a press release from the Court it …

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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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