• Canadian Publishers on Court Setback: ‘Copyright Framework Is Broken’

    May 4, 2020 A new court decision condemns certain ‘fair use’ guidelines by the educational sector, but doesn’t support the mandate to pay the fees set by Canada’s copyright board. At York University in Toronto. Image – iStockphoto: Peter Spiro By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson ‘Illegal and Unfair Copying on a Systematic Basis’ After […]

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  • In its World Intellectual Property Day statement, the IPA warns against ‘a pretext of emergency access.’

    In News by Porter AndersonApril 27, 2020 IPA on Intellectual Property Day: ‘How Much Value Publishers Bring’ French citizens wait to enter a shop in Chartres under lockdown restrictions on April 4. Image – iStockphoto: Razvan ‘When We Need a Strong Legal Framework’ The springtime march of international issue observance days—as we wrote in our […]

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  • World Book and Copyright Day – international news

    By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson FEP Predicts a 25-Percent Loss of Revenue   Much of the World Book and Copyright Day messaging of the past 25 years since UNESCO approved the observance has been given to reveries about the charms of reading—especially with your children. A UNESCO proclamation approved at the agency’s Paris general […]

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  • Effect of USA ‘Fair Use’ copyright legislation hits hard on authors’ incomes

    US Authors Guild Income Survey results   15th April 2020 Authors earnings, News, USA Multiple studies have suggested that authors’ earnings are in decline around the world. In 2018, the Authors Guild surveyed its membership and the members of 14 other writers’ organisations for its 2018 Author Income Survey, receiving detailed responses from 5,067 authors […]

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  • CLNZ launches new contestable funding round – Open April 15-Closes April 29

    Applications are now open for a Special Round of Contestable Fund Grants, with $120,000 available to apply for.   Copyright Licensing New Zealand is running a Special Round of its Contestable Fund Grants in order to support short-term projects that have arisen or been developed to respond to the changed environment in the New Zealand […]

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  • NZ Library Storytimes during COVID-19 – LIANZA/SLANZA LIMITED PERMISSIONS

     Guidelines for libraries, schools and early childhood education centres Schools, libraries and early childhood education centres are keen to ensure that New Zealand children are still able to enjoy all that a good book has to offer during these unsettling times. Providing storytimes for children through online platforms is something that New Zealand authors and […]

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  • Review of the Public Lending Right for New Zealand Author

    A review of the Public Lending Right for New Zealand Authors scheme started in March 2020. We have contacted people who have previously registered for the scheme and asked them to participate in a survey. If you wish to participate you can email us.   What is the Public Lending Right scheme?   The Public […]

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  • Shaping A New Future: Canada Council to make historic $5 million investment in PLR

    As a key element of its strategic commitment to increase direct support to artists, the Canada Council for the Arts has committed a total of $5 million in new funds to the creator payment budget of its Public Lending Right Program. The new funds are scheduled to arrive over a two-year period, starting with $2.5 […]

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  • IAF members in UK concerned by government withdrawal of support for authors’ rights

    29th January 2020 EU, News, UK With the UK Government announcing it will not be implementing the EU Copyright Directive, the authors’ community in the UK have criticised this move away from protecting authors’ rights. IAF members the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) and the Society of Authors have both issued statements urging the […]

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  • USA Authors Guild Issues Report Exploring the Factors Leading to the Decline of the Writing Profession

    February 19,2020 New York (February 19, 2020): The Authors Guild, the nation’s largest and oldest nonprofit professional association for published writers and journalists, today issued a report, “The Profession of Author in the 21st Century,” detailing the underlying social, economic and technological factors contributing to the ongoing decline of author incomes. “For much of literary […]

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  • Copyright: US Publishers Succeed in ‘Audible Captions’ Case

    In Feature Articles by Porter Anderson      February 6, 2020 The success of the Association of American Publishers in its case against Audible Captions may have long-lasting influence on issues of AI and intellectual property. Pallante: ‘Audible Has Agreed …’ In a resolution announced today (February 6), the Association of American Publishers has succeeded […]

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  • Lobbying for NZ writers – article reprinted from Reading Room

    OCTOBER 15, 2019 Updated 1 hour ago Mandy Hager is the author of both fiction and non-fiction, for adults and teens. Her work has won multiple awards and this year she received the Storyline Margaret Mahy Medal for life-time achievement and a distinguished contribution to New Zealand’s literature for young people. Her most recent book, […]

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