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International Authors Forum

Submitted by jboyd on Tue, 08/26/2014 - 14:57
IAF, International Authors Forum
Fifth Floor, Shackleton House
4 Battle Bridge Lane
Fifth Floor, Shackleton House, 4 Battle Bridge Lane
United Kingdom
Chief Executive Name
John Degen
Chief Executive Title
Chief Executive Email
Key representative
Barbara Hayes
Company Secretary
Key representative
Luke Alcott
The International Authors Forum (IAF) is a forum for authors’ organisations to discuss issues, share information and take action on issues affecting them worldwide.

There is currently no other independent, global organisation representing authors’ interests in copyright and contracts, and in many countries authors are not formally represented at all.

By creating a strong worldwide network of authors’ organisations, IAF can strengthen the presence of authors, and the effective representation of their rights on a global scale.

IAF would like to hear from organisations all over the world representing writers and visual artists. We invite them to join and contribute to IAF’s vital work.
Year operations began
72 member associations (40 countries)
New Developments
In 2017-2018 IAF continued to progress its advocacy for authors issues, including attendance and speaking at WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Connected Rights in November 2018 and April 2019. IAF has supported creators’ rights, particularly feeding into the Copyright Amendment Bill in South Africa and committee reports on the status of culture and creative industries in Canada.

In cooperation with US members the Authors Guild, the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the Graphic Artists Guild (GAG), the National Writers Union (NWU), the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and the Textbook and Academic Authors Association (TAA) IAF hosted an event In New York City titled “Views from Across the Pond” where a series of panel events discussed copyright issues in North America and Europe.

IAF is undertaking a review of authors earnings around the world. There have been a range of authors’ earnings surveys conducted around the world, many of which show a decline in income: however there has not yet been an international effort to bring these together. Through research on this issue worldwide, we hope it will be possible to illustrate the trend of declining incomes that so many authors are experiencing and urge policy makers to act. We believe, that with a stronger case for authors' earnings, we will be able to encourage action to progress remuneration measures, such as Public Lending Right (PLR) and Artists Resale Right, at an international level. We welcome help in sourcing any studies or research on authors’ earnings. And relevant testimonials from creators.