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More Fairness for European Authors: EWC discussion panel at the Book Fair Leipzig
EWC at the BOOK FAIR LEIPZIG – Panel on Literary Policy (GERMANY). We want more fairness! How to defend the interests of european authors and artists Income, visibility, digital economy: tools of literary politics for European authors and artists ...

Stay up to date with the European Union Prize For Literature Newsletter
Sign up for the European Union Prize for Literature Newsletter The EUPL 2020 is on its way! The EWC hosted all jury presidents for the 2020 kick off edition last month, which officially marked the start of the selection process in each of our 13 participating countries this year: Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Kosovo, Luxembourg, ...

Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Copyright: EWC response to the WIPO consultation
How original is artificial intelligence? Consultation response of the European Writers’ Council, registered observer at WIPO, to WIPO/IP/AI/2/GE/20/1 – WIPO Conversation on Intellectual Property (IP) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). To be submitted until 14 February 2020. ...

EWC Member the Irish Writers’ Union: The Importance of PLR
Public Lending Right: A life saver? By Roy Hunt. Public Lending Right or Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) is a small payment to authors every time their book is borrowed from a library. The payment is made annually. The finance for PLR comes from government. The concept of PLR is based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ...

European creators call for an ambitious and faithful implementation of the Copyright Directive on national level at ECSA’s Creators Conference
Creators, EU policy makers and stakeholders gathered in Brussels to discuss present and future policies affecting european creators’ lives. On 3rd February 2020, the Creators Conference 2020, held under the patronage of the European Parliament, ...

UK: EWC Member The Society of Authors calls on Government to proceed with implementation of the Copyright Directive
DSM Directive: EWC Member The Society of Authors urges UK Government for fairness for authors The United Kingdom will leave the European Union on 31st January 2020 and the Implementation Period will end on 31st December 2020. The government has committed ...

France: The Racine Report offers 23 recommendations
The Racine Report: 23 recommendations for authors   In this 141-page report, posted on the website of the Ministry of Culture, the former president of the Center Pompidou and the National Library of France, draws up a series of 23 recommendations with a view to improving the situation of artists -authors. ...

STUDY: E-Book Piracy displaced legal consumption
Male, employed, 18-34 years old: who is using illegal sources for e-Books – and how often? The University of Amsterdam releases a sequel on online piracy. The report deals with the acquisition and consumption of music, films, series, books and games through the various legal and illegal channels that exist nowadays, in a set of 13 countries in Europe (France, ...

Joint statement of the European book sector concerning the cultural budget in Flanders
Open letter to Flemish Minister of Culture from the European book sector Brussels, January 7, 2020 The European book sector, represented by the European Writers’ Council, the Federation of European Publishers, the European and International Booksellers Federation and the European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations, has learnt with consternation of the proposed savings on culture from the Flemish Minister for ...

EWC welcomes the decision against “re-sale” of e-Books
The sale of second-hand e-books through a website constitutes a communication to the public that is subject to authorisation by the author: The CJEU ruled in Case C-263/18 Nederlands Uitgeversverbond and Groep Algemene Uitgevers v Tom Kabinet Internet BV and Others (see here) that: the sale of second-hand e-books through a website constitutes a communication to the public subject to authorisation ...

Creative Europe Programme: EWC signs Open Letter
Creative Europe Programme 2021-2027: Investing in our culture is investing in our future. Open letter to EU leaders from Europe’s cultural and creative sectors November, 2019 / Update 10.12.19 Dear President of the European Council, Dear Member States representatives, ...

STUDY: IMPACT OF E-LENDING ON THE PRIMARY MARKET
The German Writers’ Union (VS) and the Publishers and Booksellers Association presented a study on habits of so-called “Onleihe”-Users. Publishers and authors call for fair framework in online lending system: First-ever comprehensive study published on the use of “Onleihe” ...

European authors and performers support the Cultural and Creative Industries’ Intergroup
EWC signs Open Letter to the EU Parliament. Dear Member of the European Parliament, Culture unites Europeans and celebrates our common identity and diversity. Authors and performers’ creativity and work contribute to the wealth and pride of European culture. ...

Nominated by EWC: Morten Visby elected as Director in the IFRRO-BOARD
The Danish Translator Morten Visby, President of CEATL and Chair of the EWC-Members’ Association Danish Authors’ Society had been elected as Director in the IFRRO-Board, representing the Authors’ Associations and the interests of writers and translator of the book- and text sector. ...

EWC at the 7th Conference on Authors’ Rights
CISAC Vice-President Angélique Kidjo calls for action to protect digital rights of creators 7th Initiative Urheberrecht Conference on Authors’ Rights | Singer-Songwriter urges laws to protect the next generation of artists. Berlin, 11 November 2019 – ...

7th Conference on Authors’ Rights: Keynote by the EWC President
Die Initiative Urheberrecht hatte gestern zum siebten Mal zur Urheberrechtskonferenz nach Berlin geladen. Berlin, 11 November 2019 | von Jochen Müller, blickpunktfilm.de Durchweg positives Echo gab es von den Teilnehmern der siebten Urheberrechtskonferenz, ...

EWC at the IFFRO World Congress: Statement on the importance of PLR economically and culturally
At the annual IFRRO World Congress in Edinburgh (4.-7.11.19) EWC President Nina George gave a short presentation on Public Lending Right. ...

EWC joins IFRRO-Statement against the so called „Controlled Digital Lending”
The International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) acknowledges the important role of libraries in society, making copyright protected works available for reading to a large audience through public lending. ...

Irish Writers’ Union Submission on the EU Copyright Directive Articles 13–17
October 30, 2019 On the whole, in line with our colleagues in the European Writers Council and other artist organisations, the Irish Writers Union welcomed the passage of the Directive (EU) 2019/790 of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market. ...

Statement by IAF on PLR at the WIPO SCCR-Meeting
As the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) held the 39th session of its Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), Luke Alcott spoke on behalf of the International Authors Forum (IAF) to give authors’ view on Public Lending Right after it was raised by the delegation of Sierra Leone: ...

EWC signs Joint Statement on private Copy Compensation
Private copying compensation: European Creators under attack from Apple, Huawei, Samsung European creators’ organisations and unions urge the EU decision-makers to support European interests and take a firm stand against aggressive lobbying by  ...

Norway as Guest of Honour at Frankfurter Buchmesse: EWC members gave insights in collective management
Norway was Guest of Honour at the Frankfurter Buchmesse 2019. Please visit our website Norway2019.com for information about the project, news and events. ...

EWC President at WIPO on Limitations & Exceptions
As the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) held the 39th session of its Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), EWC President Nina George spoke on behalf of the European Writers’ Council to give professional writers’ view on Limitations and Exceptions ...

Culture: Not found. Open Letter to President-elect Ursula von der Leyen.
Culture: Not found. Open Letter to President-elect Ursula von der Leyen. European authors, publishers and booksellers are concerned about a Commission without a Commissioner for Culture and Education. Brussels, 18.9.2019 Dear President-elect Ursula von der Leyen, ...

AUTHORS‘ INCOME IN GERMANY
The German book market with 9,131 million euro sales volume (2018), 74,000 new titles each year and 367 million copies* sold (20172) accounts for 7.8% of total sales in the cultural and creative industries in Germany. The number of sold copies has declined since 2007 from 404 million to today 367 million (-15 %), the percentage of sold e-books and ...

Out now: The European Union Literature Prize Anthology
This year’s “European stories” publication presents the EUPL winners 2019 along with excerpts from their winning books in both original language and English/French translation. This book showcases the 14 laureates of the 2019 European Union Prize for Literature and shows how, through their stories, they nurture our ability to empathise. ...

SPAIN: WHITE PAPER ON THE ECONOMIC SITUATION OF WRITERS
16.4 % of the spanish authors work full-time, 77 % receive less than 1,000 euros a year The Writer’s White Book has just been published on this website acescritores.com. It has been prepared over the last two years by the Asociación Coelgial de Escritores de España (ACE) with the collaboration of CEDRO and the Ministry of Culture and ...

European Union Prize for Literature Awards Ceremony 
European Union Prize for Literature Awards Ceremony European Union Prize for Literature Awards Ceremony to be held on 2 October 2019,  at BOZAR, Brussels “Civilization starts with the invention of letters, which enabled reading, communion and communication with past generations, with other cultures, nations and ideals.  ...

THE WRITERS’ UNION OF ICELAND EARNINGS SURVEY
In 2017 The Writers’ Union of Iceland (RSÍ) did a survey among Union members to research authors earnings in Iceland. This was the first income survey the Union did among member’s and it will be repeated in 2020 to make a comparison. The survey included all types of writers: ...

LARGEST SURVEY OF U.S. PROFESSIONAL WRITERS
Largest survey of U.S. professional writers ever conducted, generating data from 5,067 published book authors from The Authors Guild and 14 other writers organizations. Literary writers experienced the biggest decline (down 27% in four years) in amount they earned from book-related income, followed by ...

USA: 42 % DECLINE IN AUTHORS’ EARNINGS
January 5, 2019 Authors Guild (US)-Survey Shows Drastic 42 Percent Decline in Authors Earnings in Last Decade The Authors Guild’s 2018 Author Income Survey, the largest survey of writing-related earnings by American authors ever conducted finds incomes falling to historic lows to a median of $6,080 in 2017, down 42 percent from 2009. ...

»Worldwide Reading« for Freedom of Expression
The International Literature Festival Berlin [ilb] calls to join a Worldwide Reading on September 11, 2019. Recommended by Alena Makouskaya, Board Member and responsible for the topic Freedom of Expression in the EWC Board. People of the European Union share their thoughts, comment on different events, write articles and books. ...

WRITERS’ INCOME IN FINLAND
Writers’ median income for writing fiction in Finland is EUR 2,000 a year. Various grants account for a significant share of writers’ incomes – grants and other income related to the writing profession raise the median income for writers to EUR 9,745 a year. ...

EWC recommends: Defending the ecosystem for books and writers
»The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.« – Albert Camus Civilization starts with the invention of letters which enabled reading, communion and communication with past generations, with other cultures, nations, ideals. ...

STUDY BY THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF LITERATURE (UK): WHAT WRITERS NEED TODAY
20. June, 2019 Defending the ecosystem for books and writers: What writers need today. Study by the Royal Society of Literature (UK) In this survey, writers were asked to tell what they need to work. The Study shows a literary landscape ...

Authors’ Rights are fundamental for culture, freedom of expression and a diverse Europe
Brussels, June 11, 2019 The new elected Board of the European Writers’ Council (EWC) sets its agenda: to strengthen the moral and economic rights of authors and keeping the diversity of literature alive, the most powerful and independent instrument of democracy ...

Freedom of expression, democracy and a diverse Europe
European Writers’ Council: Authors’ Rights are fundamental for freedom of expression, democracy and a diverse Europe   The new elected Board of the European Writers’ Council (EWC) sets his agenda: strengthen the moral and economic rights of authors and keeping the diversity of literature alive, the most powerful ...

EWC signs Joint Statement on the Copyright Directive
We, the undersigned organisations, representing authors, composers, writers, journalists, photographers and others working in all artistic fields, news agencies, book, press and music publishers, audiovisual and independent music producers call on the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament to adopt the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. ...

Controlled Digital Lending (CDL): An appeal to readers and librarians from the victims of CDL
As working writers, translators, photographers, and graphic artists; as unions, organizations, and federations representing the creators of works included in published books;  ...