Authors Rights loses a true champion with the passing of Paul Aiken

IFRRO is sad to announce the death of Paul Aiken, Executive Director of the Authors’ Guild in the USA.  Paul led the Guild for 20 years through some of the most challenging and difficult times in copyright history.  In his own words, his vision was that “Copyright is built around authorship. Copyright is authors’ and artists’ ticket to play in the free market system, and it must be protected.”

Authors Guild President, Roxana Robinson described Aitken as  brilliant, fierce and generous, adding “brilliant and fierce can change the world, but it's generosity that makes it a better place. For twenty years Paul worked to make the world a better place for writers, readers and everyone else affected by the written word.”

IFRRO CEO, Olav Stokkmo, also paid tribute to Paul regretting that personally he had lost a great friend and that copyright and authors rights had lost a true champion.