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2 March 2015

The EU has recently published a draft proposal on copyright reform which you can read here. The group making the proposal is headed by Juliet Reda, a German Pirate Party MEP, and she has requested feedback from creators.

25 February 2015

Translators build bridges between authors and readers, between places and people and between different perspectives and imaginations – and those bridges are unique works of art in themselves. The Society of Authors’ Translation Prizes celebrate the best translation into English of literary works and we are delighted to announce the winners of the 2014 prizes.

18 February 2015

Audiobook registration

UK PLR has been extended to the use of some non-print material, including verbatim hard-format audiobooks. Register before 30 June 2015 for inclusion in the February 2016 payment round. Visit www.plr.uk.com to download an application form or apply online. There is a helpful FAQ link ‘Registration Service/Registration of Non-print Material’ that provides lots of information about eligible contributors and the fixed shares which apply to audiobook registration.

26 February 2015

Businesses, including self-publishing authors, who supply digital services (including ebooks) to buyers in other EU countries have been affected by changes in the VAT rules.

Business-to-business sales of ebooks are unaffected, but as from 1 January 2015, on digital products such as ebooks sold to private purchasers, VAT is due in the country of the buyer. This potentially obliges sellers compulsorily to register for VAT in each country where they make sales.

4 February 2015

National Libraries Day on 7 February is an annual celebration of libraries which aims to say thank you to the nation's librarians for the wonderful work they do, encourage people to visit their library and promote the work of libraries of all kinds.

4 February 2015

The SoA is delighted that restrictions on sending books to prisoners have been lifted.

3 February 2015

On 29 January the Sudanese Writers Union was dissolved by the Registrar of the Cultural Groups of Ministry of Culture, Sudan. All its cultural activities have been banned and no tangible reasons for the move were given. You can read the SWU’s press release below.

Chief Executive of the SoA, Nicola Solomon, commented, 'the SoA is deeply concerned to hear this news and stands in solidarity with its sister organisation.'

 

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