Current Issues

Fair contracts

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

Authors’ earnings

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.