JOINT STATEMENTS

Joint Statements and press releases, representing the views of either the EWC or specific members.

Amicus Brief in Open Library Lawsuit against the Internet Archive

European Writers’ Council (EWC) co-signed together with over 20 Organisations an Amicus Brief in Open Library Lawsuit against the Internet Archive On Friday, August 12, 2022, the US-Authors Guild filed an amicus brief in Hachette v. Internet Archive, the lawsuit against Internet Archive’s unauthorised scanning…

Украина: писатели Европы против войны и насилия

Мы осуждаем преступления Путина против демократии и человечности Акт агрессии российской власти против Украины – это война с демократией, нашими ценностями, представлениями о мире, свободе и правах человека. (more…)

DSA Plenary vote: Broader KYBC obligations but a missed opportunity

Creativity Works!, the leading European coalition of the creative and cultural industries, says: “Members of the European Parliament have missed an opportunity to translate the declaration “What is illegal offline is also illegal online” into concrete actions.” Brussels, 20th January 2021. DSA Plenary vote: Broader…

9 November 2021: EUPL 2021 AWARD CEREMONY

European Union Prize for Literature looks forward to the 2021 Award Ceremony in Brussels – live & livestreamed The European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is pleased to announce its 2021 Award Ceremony will take place on 9 November 2021. The ceremony will celebrate the…

Belarus: Radical crackdown against the Free Word

The European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations (CEATL), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) and the European Writers Council (EWC) call on the governments of Europe and the international community to demonstrate firm support for the democracy movement in Belarus and to provide refuge and…

EWC to German Government on TDM and AI

Fair framework conditions for text and data mining German speaking writers and translators demand opt-out and obligation to remuneration for text and data mining. It is unacceptable that authors, whose work makes it possible to develop “competitive” AI products in the first place, are placed…

The EWC and CEATL call upon the Ministers of Culture of the EU Member States to take urgent steps required to end the violence and repression against writers, translators and the independent cultural scene in Belarus.

On the International Solidarity Day with Belarus, announced by opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya for 7 February 2021, 46 authors’ and 35 translators’ associations from 34 countries, with a total of 170,000 members, are calling on Europe’s Cultural Ministers to take decisive action. Brussels, 5 February…

IFRRO launches Guide on Licensing of Out of Commerce Works

The Guide has been developed in consultation with authors’, rightsowners and rightholder groups (EFJ, EMMA, ENPA, EVA, EWC, FEP and NWU), together with RROs (Copydan Writing, DILIA, Kopinor, LITA, SEMU, SOFIA and VG Wort), drawing on their experience of collective licensing of OOCW digitisation schemes.…

Creativity Works! welcomes the IP Action Plan

Creativity Works!, a leading European coalition of the creative and cultural sectors, welcomes the 25 November Action Plan on Intellectual Property as a way of “making the most of the EU’s innovative potential”. (more…)

#freewordsbelarus: 33 writers’ and translators’ organisations from 22 countries join voices to support the democracy movement in Belarus.

#freewordsbelarus: 36 Presidents, Chairs and board members of 33 writers’ and translators’ organisations from 22 countries representing 120,000 authors, join voices to support the democracy movement in Belarus. On 26 November, the 90th birthday of the Belarusian writer Uladzimir Karatkievich, the video reading campaign #freewordsbelarus…