The APWG will continue to encourage authors’ organisations to work with industry to establish high-level principles and best practice standards to apply to contracts between authors and those exploiting their works. In addition to the progress made in this area, Brexit not withstanding, we will lobby the Government to adopt the measures in the pending EU legislation on fairer contracts for creators
Despite the ongoing success and growth of the creative industries sector in the UK, there has been an ongoing decline in authors’ earnings, notably since the advent of widespread digital access. The APWG will lead an inquiry into authors’ earnings to further our understanding of how authors’ earnings have changed and what can be done to improve the situation of authors.
Brexit and copyright reform
As we leave the EU we will need to transfer a significant amount of EU legislation on copyright into British legislation through the Repeal Bill. There is also the question of the extent to which the UK will adopt the new legislation resulting from the current EU copyright reform programme. Throughout these processes and debates we must argue for a balanced approach preserving a writer’s right to be fairly remunerated for the use of their works.
To learn more about upcoming issues on authors rights, you can find briefings from a range of organisations here.
UK PLR has proved such a success in sustaining our writers and is seen as a model throughout Europe and now even in developing countries such as South Africa. It was achieved by a combination of the practical solutions devised by writers and the support of MPs of both Houses, against misunderstanding and outright opposition, in providing the necessary legal framework.
We are now, through technological changes, in a similar situation to that of the great post World War II explosion in library use, and once again we need the help of MPs to provide equitable and workable solutions for a growing problem that threatens the creative base of our industry.
Author, playwright and poet.
Honorary president of the ALCS and President of Honour of the British Copyright Council.