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Author Update

With the passing of the draft law on Copyright Directive, the EU Parliament have taken a step in the right direction even if there is still room for improvement. When this directive becomes law, it will provide authors with more transparency and better insight into their books’ profits and sales. At the same time, social media sites like Facebook and YouTube are obliged to take responsibility for what is shared on and through their channels. Intellectual copyright 2.0 – a step in the right direction!

The draft law, which was put together to modernise copyright for the digital age and will force platforms such as YouTube and Facebook to take greater responsibility for the creative content they host. The new law would offer greater protection against infringement of intellectual copyright.
– Charlotte Eyre, The Bookseller, Sept 12th 2018

Read the full article on The Bookseller

What is Intellectual Property?

Nick Harkaway in The Blind Giant:

“Intellectual property is a line drawn around information, which asserts that despite having been set loose in the world – and having, inevitably, been created out of an individual’s relationship with the world – that information retains some connection with its author that allows that person some control over how it is replicated and used. The notion of intellectual property is similar or identical to the one that underpins notions of privacy. The two are fundamental aspects of the need to ringfence certain information.

I believe that the most important unexamined notion – for policymakers and agitators both – in these debates is that the notion of intellectual property and notions of privacy are one: you can’t persuade people, on the one hand, to abandon intellectual property and hope to keep them interested in privacy. You can’t trash privacy and hope to retain a sense of respect for IP.”

In Conclusion

What does this mean for UK authors? There is every intention to pass this into legislation before Brexit. If not, let’s not forget the digital age is fascinating both challenges and opportunities and combined actions will be needed to address issues.

Most important is, that we focus on constructive dialogue. To work together with mutual respect. After all, we all benefit from a strong, supportive, engaging, interactive, cordial and constructive bookish world.

Caroline Vincent

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