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


Measuring the crisis in the creative sectors: WIPO study published
The WIPO publishes its Study On the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the Copyright Ecosystem the Covid-19 at the SCCR/42 meeting Geneva, 9 May 2022 On the occasion of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)/42 meeting of the WIPO Member States and the Information Session on the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on the Copyright Ecosystem ...

United Kingdom: Writers’ unions call for reform of the ‘hybrid’ / paid-for publishing sector
EWC Member, The Society of Authors, and the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain publish joint report exposing widespread bad practice among companies that charge writers for publication. ...

One Year of Crisis: The Winter of our Discontent
The European Writers’ Council publishes its follow-up survey on The Economic Impact of the Covid-19 on Writers and Translators in the European Book Sector 2020-2022 Brussels, 2 November 2021 Already in 2020, the European Writers’ Council study The Economic Impact of Covid-19 on Writers and Translators in the European Book Sector surveyed 33 professional organisations from 27 countries for a ...

CEATL publishes the first results of its legal survey
The European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations CEATL conducted a survey on the legal situations for literary translators in 27 countries. 69 questions, around contracts, and emerging issues (self-publishing, streaming services, machine translation, etc.) shed light on the income and negotiation situation. The first preliminary results have now been published. ...

Artificial intelligence: not that smart
Which companies are using text and data mining to develop writing and translation software? How does a weak implementation of the DSM Directive on copyright allow for the skimming of authors’ works? And where is AI already being used in the book sector? An essay by EWC President Nina George ...

Without authors there is no culture: ACE publishs report on the impact of Covid-19 on writers and translators in Spain
The situation of writers, translators and playwrights in Spain: survey, report and conclusions by ACE, ACE Translators and AAT Playwrights. Introduction by Miguel Ángel Serrano, Secretary-General of ACE and Vice President of European Writers’ Council. ...

The European Commission’s project database for the Creative Europe Programme 2014-2020
Success stories, or projects that have had exceptional results in terms of policy relevance, communication potential, impact or design, are highlighted on the platform. They have been selected from a wider pool of good practice examples, or well-managed projects.  It contains descriptions of all projects funded under the Creative Europe – Culture sub-programme and some of the projects financed under ...

Every use must be remunerated: Interview with EWC President Nina George
In the interview with medienpolitik.net Nina George stresses the importance for a strong implementation of Articles 18-22 of the DSM Directive on Copyright On the occasion of World Book Day (23 April) and Copyright and Intellectual Property Day on 26 April, the cultural policy online newspaper medienpolitik.net spoke with Nina George, writer, and Matthias Hornschuh, composer. George: “The revenue model ...

Society of Authors (UK) survey: Two-thirds of authors reporting loss of income during Covid-19
15 October 2020 The third real-time survey Authors in the Health Crisis by The Society of Authors (UK) confirms: Two-thirds (65%) of writers, illustrators and literary translators have suffered a loss of income Almost half (49%) say the loss is more than a quarter of their income Under 30% of respondents have received any form of Government help ...

AUTHORS IN BELARUS: A restricted writers’ life.
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 remuneration for their books ...
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FEP REPORT: Consequences of the Covid-19 crisis on the book market
The Crisis hits the book market in full In this 15-page report, created by the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) on the basis of 70 country and daily reports and including a FOREWORD BY MARIYA GABRIEL, COMMISSIONER FOR INNOVATION, RESEARCH, CULTURE, EDUCATION AND YOUTH, this europeanwide analysis reflects on the consequences of the crisis for publishers and booksellers. ...

Association of Catalan Language Writers (Spain) survey: professional authors are hit the most during the Covid-19 crisis by income losses
The most professional authors (more than 50% of their income comes from literary works) are the most affected by the Corona crisis and its consequences, says a survey among writers writing in catalan language. ...

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 ...
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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. ...

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 ...

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, ...

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