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


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 ...

UNITED KINGDOM: SURVEY ON WRITERS’ INCOME
January 5, 2019 Typical annual earnings are less than £10,500 to the ALCS-Survey. This equates to a fall of 42% in real terms income for professional authors since the first of these surveys was conducted in 2006. ...

THE VALUE OF WRITERS’ WORKS
“The Value of Writers’ Works” was an evidence-based forum addressing the challenges that concern European authors in the text and book sector in all genres, including screen-writers and literary translators. The threefold thematic platform gave ...

STRIKING THE RIGHT BALANCE
STRIKING THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN ACCESS, FAIR REMUNERATION AND AUTHORS’ RIGHTS The EWC’s 2012 Authors’ Rights Conference, entitled Striking the Right Balance between Access, Fair Remuneration and Authors’ Rights, was held at ...

Authors’ Rights in the Digital World
Authors’ Rights in the Digital World Main themes: • New notions of intellectual property, copyright, and authors’ rights • Access to the digital book – challenges and opportunities for authors • Activities and perspectives at the policy level ...

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