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Surveys, whitepapers and informations regarding authors’ rights, writers’ income, contractual struggle and much more

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COVID-19: IMPACT ON THE EU BOOK SECTOR
#Corona-crisis – European Book Sector in danger ++ updated 01.04.2020 ++ Across Europe, the spread of coronavirus has not only a direct impact on the daily and private lives, health and the ways people interact – but also on the working situation of writers and translators in the book sector. ...

Ireland: EWC Member Irish Writers’ Union on 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, ...

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, ...

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 ...

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” ...

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” ...

AUTHORS’ REVENUES IN BELARUS
In response to the request for information on the situation in Belarus as regards authors’ revenues, the Union of Belarusian Writers can say right at the outset that no one in this country has ever examined this topic in detail. This is primarily due to the fact that Belarusian writers do not in practice receive any financial reward for their ...

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 ...

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 ...

Iceland: 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: ...

WRITERS IN ITALY: INCREASINGLY POOR?
The economic, social and professional situation of the Italian writer in the digital world. Research into the economic and social condition of the writer in digital reality documents how writers are becoming poorer and poorer. “Only” 37.8% of writers play the role of full-time writers, without this being able to produce sufficient income for their maintenance, and 32.6% describe their ...

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. ...

BEHIND THE SCREENS
European Survey on the remuneration of audiovisual authors o a median director earns € 25.000 a year after tax, €17.000 comes from work as a director o a median screenwriter earns € 27.000 a year after tax, €20.000 comes from work as a screenwriter o a median other audiovisual author earns €24.000 a year after tax,€20.000 comes from work as ...

THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SITUATION OF BOOK AUTHORS IN FRANCE
A significant proportion of Agessa-affiliated authors of the book sector (18%) live in a household reporting less than €15,000 in net annual income (2013 return), all types of income combined. ...

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. ...

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 ...

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