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OPEN LETTER: 45 leading cultural personalities call for the European Council to invest in all our creative futures
Creators and professionals from the sector call on the EU leaders to be bold and to invest in culture and the arts Brussels, 13 July 2020. 45 leading cultural personalities including President of the EWC Nina George, international bestselling authors Sebastian Fitzek and Nele Neuhaus, composer Jean Michel Jarre, performance artist Marina Abramović and singer Björk, co-signed a call for ...

JOINT STATEMENT: INVESTING IN EUROPE’S NEXT GENERATION BY INVESTING IN CULTURE
JOINT SECTOR CALL SIGNED BY EWC, CEATL AND 99 ORGANISATIONS Brussels, 25 June 2020. On 19 June, EU leaders met in Brussels to discuss the Commission’s proposed recovery fund and EU long-term budget. Ahead of this meeting, 99 organisations representing the whole spectrum of Europe’s cultural and creative sector have issued a joint call ...

EWC Survey: Press and Media reviews
Reviews and comments on the EWC Survey “Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Writers and Translators in the European Book Sector” Brussels 12 June 2020 ++ updated 08 July 2020 ++ The findings of the EWC Survey had been published on 2 June 2020. Together with a statement and a call to decision-makers for an overall political commitment to culture and ...

WRITERS AND TRANSLATORS CALL ON THE DECISION MAKERS FOR AN OVERALL POLITICAL COMMITMENT TO AUTHORS AND CULTURE
THE DIVERSITY OF EUROPEAN LITERATURE IS UNDER THREAT Brussels, 2 June 2020. European Writers and Translators call on all decision makers for an overall political commitment to culture and a system update of the book world. The EWC recommends 37 proposed measures to support authors, the diversity of literature and the book value chain during and after the Covid-19 crisis. ...

EWC Survey: The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Writers and Translators in the European Book Sector
Results of the EWC Survey “The Economic Impact of COVID-19 on Writers and Translators in the European Book Sector” and 37 recommendations for a sustainable future on EU and national level Brussels, 2 June 2020. The European Writers’ Council conducted the survey “Economic Impact of Covid-19 on Writers and Translators in the European Book Sector“, from March 30 to April ...

EUROPEAN UNION PRIZE FOR LITERATURE ANNOUNCES 2020 LAUREATES
The EWC congratulates the EUPL winners of 2020 Brussels, 19 May I   The European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) recognises emerging fiction writers from across Europe. During a cycle of three years, the award includes 41 countries participating in the Creative Europe programme – an initiative aiming at strengthening Europe’s cultural and creative sectors. The EUPL was launched in 2009, ...

Writers in the time of Corona: the DW Books Interviews
EWC President Nina George and Bel Olid, President of the Associació d’Escriptors en Llengua Catalana, on the situation for writers in Europe during Pandemic The measures against COVID-19 affects all. in the midst of the greatest rupture in world society and a fundamental challenge for the cultural landscape, Deutsche Welle TV – Books video-called authors around the world to find ...

Authors from all over the world joined #behindeverybook on #WorldBookDay2020
EWC campaign #behindeverybook on 23 April: solidarity with and for authors – thousands of writers, translators and illustrators joined the action   Brussels, 27 April 2020 Dear EWC Member, colleagues, friends, You could say: this was a great party, a declaration of love to authors and their books as well as a movement of solidarity with each other! All over ...

EWC long-read-pick: “Copyright as the Canary in the Coalmine” by Hugh Stephens
COVID is Not an Excuse to Throw the Accepted Rules Out the Window: Copyright as the Canary in the Coalmine – Essay by Hugh Stephens ++update 1 June 2020 ++ The European Writers’ Council joined international organizations and federations of authors from around the world several times in joint appeals to readers and librarians from the victims of Controlled Digital ...
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COVID-19: IMPACT ON AUTHORS AND THE EU BOOK SECTOR
#Corona-crisis – authors of the European and US book sector under pressure ++ updated 18.04.2020 ++ 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. ...

#behindeverybook
EWC campaign #behindeverybook Join the EWC Campaign on World Book Day 2020: #behindeverybook   Brussels, 14 April 2020. Dear colleagues, friends and members of EWC, dear Authors of Europe and the World, We kindly invite you and your members to join the EWC campaign on World Book Day 2020: #behindeverybook   the idea Many debates on the policy level are ...

47 writers from 13 countries: the Europe Union Prize for Literature Shortlist!
EUROPEAN UNION PRIZE FOR LITERATURE ANNOUNCES 2020 SHORTLIST CANDIDATES Brussels, 15. April 2020 European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) recognises emerging fiction writers from across Europe. The award includes 41 countries which are part of the Creative Europe programme – an initiative which aims to strengthen Europe’s cultural and creative sectors. The EUPL was launched in 2009, and since then ...

#saveEUculture: EWC signs Open Letter to Member States and Commission
#saveEUculture EWC, together with 312 Cultural and Authors’ Organisations and 105 MEP signs Open Letter to the EU Commission and the Member States, demanding support for the Cultural and Creative Sectors, particularly cultural creators, affected by the COVID-19 crisis ...

UK: EWC Member The Society of Authors deems so-called National Emergency Library ‘disgraceful and unlawful’
The Society of Authors has joined a chorus of criticism from authors’ and publishers’ groups in branding the Internet Archive’s (IA) move to make its collection freely available online ‘disgraceful and unlawful’. The SoA’s intervention follows IA’s removal of download restrictions on 1.4 million books hosted on its site – a step labelled an ‘aggressive, unlawful and opportunistic attack’ on ...
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JOINT STATEMENT: COVID-19-Crisis: call for specific measures for authors!
Authors’ Organisations Joint Statement on COVID-19 Crisis Brussels, 26th March 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages our societies, including the cultural and creative sectors, authors’ organizations stand in solidarity with all those affected by the virus and we support measures taken to contain it. ...

Finland: Income of non-fiction writers
Two of three non-fiction writers in Finland do other work in order to be able to work as a non-fiction writer Last year (2019), the Association of Finnish Non-fiction Writers (Suomen tietokirjailijat ry) conducted a survey concerning the financial position of non-fiction writers. The previous survey was carried out in 2013 and it examined the financial position of non-fiction writers ...

++ cancelled ++ Denmark: Nordic Copyright in an EU Perspective – UBVA Seminar
++event cancelled++ EWC at the UBVA Seminar on Copyright for Academic Authors Academics also have authors’ rights and are entitled to remuneration. In the Nordic countries on the labor market, we stick to the so-called “Nordic Model”, where we enter into voluntary and credible agreements with each other – also when it comes to authors’ rights. ...
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Creative Europe Programme: Support to Literary Translation projects
Now open: Call for proposals (5. March – 5. May 2020) – support to Literary Translation projects Support for literary translation projects is regularly enhanced, building on feedback from Member States, publishers and the book sector as well as on the experience of the first five years of implementation. ...

Switzerland: EWC at the FIL Symposium – Women in the Literary World + event postponed +
+postponed + FIL – Women in the literary sector | Symposium | Bern 02.-03. May 2020, Paul-Klee-Zentrum, Bern. Symposium: Women in the Literary World RAUF and A*dS Authors of Switzerland cordially invite you to the two-day networking meeting for feminist concerns in the literary field. Together with the participants, experts will address questions and specific problems of discrimination against women ...

Germany: ++ BOOK FAIR LEIPZIG CANCELLED ++
EWC at the BOOK FAIR LEIPZIG ++ UPDATE: the Book Fair is cancelled over corona virus ++ https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-germany-leipzig/germanys-leipzig-book-fair-confirms-cancellation-over-coronavirus-idUSKBN20Q1EO ...

Norway: NFFO sets out ethical guidelines for non-fiction writers
Responsibility of the authors: EWC Member NFFO publishes checklist for ethical issues On 25. February a working group consisting of members of NFFO launched a set of ethical guidelines for writers of non-fiction works. The document asks a variety of ethical questions that may encourage writers and editors to ask themselves during the process of writing a book. ...

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. ...

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, ...

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. ...

Germany: 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, ...

Scotland: EWC at the IFFRO World Congress. Statement on the importance of PLR
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. ...

Ireland: Irish Writers’ Union Submission on the EU Copyright Directive
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. ...

Switzerland: EWC President’s Statement 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 ...

Belgium: 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.  ...

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: ...

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;  ...