Authors Guild publishes results of a survey on working conditions of U.S. Literary translators

Authors Guild publishes results of a survey on working conditions of U.S. Literary translators

On 15 December the Authors Guild (https://www NULL.authorsguild NULL.org/industry-advocacy/glimpse-world-u-s-translators/), the oldest and largest professional organization for writers in the United States, released results from a survey of U.S. literary translators. The survey, distributed online in April 2017 and conducted in collaboration with the American Literary Translators Association, the American Translators Association’s Literary Division, and the PEN America Translation Committee, collected information from 205 translators on payment, royalties, copyright, and various other aspects of the literary translation profession.

Swedish Writer’s Union advocates boycott of new contract from Bonnier Publishing Group

Swedish Writer’s Union advocates boycott of new contract from Bonnier Publishing Group

The Swedish Writers’ Union is advising translators in Sweden against entering into agreements with all publishing companies within the Bonnier Publishing Group, Sweden’s largest publisher. Eleven companies have been declared non grata by the Union.

This comes after the Bonnier Group introduced a new Draft Contract earlier this year, which is to be used by all its subsidiaries and which includes many changes for the worse for translators.

Dutch association starts video campaign to raise awareness of illegal downloading of e-books

Dutch association starts video campaign to raise awareness of illegal downloading of e-books

The number of users of e-readers is increasing – a positive development, as it offers opportunities to bring a broader readership into contact with a diverse range of books. But it is also important to consider the negative consequences.

E-books are illegally downloaded and distributed on a large scale. As a result, writers and translators are increasingly missing out on revenue.

Swedish model contract for translators terminated, new strategies in the making

Swedish model contract for translators terminated, new strategies in the making

The Swedish Writers’ Union (http://www NULL.forfattarforbundet NULL.se/) and the Swedish Publishers’ Association agreed on a collective Model Contract for translators several decades ago. The contract has been re-negotiated a few times, but it has generally been respected and practiced in almost all cases where publishers have commissioned literary translations, whether the translator or the publisher have been members of the organizations that signed the contract or not.

White paper on literary translation in digital format in Spain

White paper on literary translation in digital format in Spain

The Spanish association ACE Traductores (http://www NULL.ace-traductores NULL.org/) has recently published a ‘white paper’ on book translators’ rights as authors in the digital sector.

Part of the project was already presented in 2010, and now ACE Traductores has published an addendum regarding digital publishing. It compiles the results of a survey completed by translators, with a  sociological interpretation and a legal analysis.

Creation of a contract-law dispute arbitration board in the Netherlands

Creation of a contract-law dispute arbitration board in the Netherlands

A contract-law dispute arbitration board (http://www NULL.vvl NULL.nu/vvl/site/article/item/747/-Geschillencommissie-Auteurscontractenrecht-van-start-op-1-oktober-2016-/nl) was established in the Netherlands on 1st October 2016. Its role is to arbitrate disputes regarding the interpretation of contract law between authors and the parties exploiting their works. The procedure will be a simple one, based upon the law pertaining to authors’ rights (http://www NULL.hendriks-james NULL.nl/auteurswet/).

French authors issue twelve proposals for a European policy for the book sector

French authors issue twelve proposals for a European policy for the book sector

French authors, as represented by the Permanent Council of Writers (http://www NULL.conseilpermanentdesecrivains NULL.org/conference-presse-cpe-17-10-2016) (CPE), have drawn up twelve proposals addressed to European policy makers. Their aim is to ensure that authors continue to enjoy freedom of expression and provide Europe’s biggest cultural industry with high-quality works so that European literature maintains its worldwide impact.

PEN International’s ‘Quebec Declaration on Literary Translation and Translators’ now available in more than twenty languages

PEN International’s ‘Quebec Declaration on Literary Translation and Translators’ now available in more than twenty languages

On 15 October 2015 PEN International adopted the Quebec Declaration on Literary Translation and Translators (http://www NULL.pen-international NULL.org/the-quebec-declaration-on-literary-translation-and-translators/).

The text contains a six-point summary of the principles and objectives that PEN International intends to promote in the area of literary translation. These principles include the importance of translation in promoting the dignity of all cultures and languages, the need to draw attention to the conditions required in order to engage in this activity and, above all, the importance of defending the people who make communication possible – literary translators.

CEATL statement on the question of granting neighbouring rights to publishers

CEATL statement on the question of granting neighbouring rights to publishers

Representing 10,000 literary translators in 28 countries, the European Council of Literary Translators Associations (CEATL) has answered the European Commission’s consultation on “the role of publishers in the copyright value chain” (https://ec NULL.europa NULL.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/public-consultation-role-publishers-copyright-value-chain-and-panorama-exception) and wishes to make the following comments on the question of granting neighbouring rights to publishers in EU law:

* Contracts already grant publishers all rights necessary to exploit the works and defend them against infringement.

Groundbreaking contractual agreement with independent publishers in Italy

Groundbreaking contractual agreement with independent publishers in  Italy

On 3rd April 2016 a groundbreaking document was signed between ODEI (the Italian Observatory of Independent Publishers), STRADE (the Italian Union of Translators working in the publishing industry), and the SLC-CGIL (Italian Union of Communication Workers, which STRADE is joining to represent translators). These associations signed a code of practice for a fair relationship between publishers and translators.

Conference ‘The European author in the 21st century’ (Brussels, 26 April 2016)

Conference ‘The European author in the 21st century’ (Brussels, 26 April 2016)

On 26 April 2016, World Intellectual Property Day, the French Permanent Council of Writers will organize a conference at the European Parliament, titled ‘The European Author in the 21st Century’.

(http://www NULL.ceatl NULL.eu/conference-the-european-author-in-the-21st-century-brussels-26-april-2016/france-conference-invitation-eng-apr16)

 

For the full program, please click here (http://www NULL.ceatl NULL.eu/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/PROGRAMME-The-European-Author-in-the-21st-Century NULL.docx).

German “Authors’ and Artists’ United Declaration for Fair Contracts!” reaches 6000 signatures in two weeks

German “Authors’ and Artists’ United Declaration for Fair Contracts!” reaches 6000 signatures in two weeks

The German Initiative Urheberrecht (‘Copyright Initiative’) – a joint undertaking that so far 35 associations in the creative field have signed up to – is pleased to announce the success of its latest initiative: a petition to campaign for reforms to copyright contract law,  and for stronger legal instruments to more fairly balance the relationship between authors, performing artists, publishers, distributors etc.

Open letter to publishers worldwide to meet the Ten principles for fair contracts

Open letter to publishers worldwide to meet the Ten principles for fair contracts

On 5 January 2016, authors from a number of countries released open letters asking publishers to reconsider the contract terms they offer authors and outlining the parts of publishing contracts where, from the author’s perspective, reform is urgently needed.

The International Authors Forum (IAF (http://internationalauthors NULL.org/)) has also established 10 Principles for Fair Contracts.

CEATL’s reaction to the Commission’s action plan “towards a modern, more European copyright framework”

CEATL’s reaction to the Commission’s action plan “towards a modern, more European copyright framework”

Brussels, 11 January 2016

As an association representing authors, CEATL has read with attention the communication and action plan for a reform of EU copyright rules published by the Commission on December 9th 2015.

* CEATL welcomes the emphasis put on the necessity to reassess the role and responsibility of internet intermediaries and platforms, as well as to fight commercial-scale copyright infringements more effectively.

TTIP negotiations : CEATL welcomes the European Parliament’s recommendations

TTIP negotiations : CEATL welcomes the European Parliament’s recommendations

Brussels, 8 September, 2015

In a press release dated 2 February 2015 (http://www NULL.ceatl NULL.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/2015-02-02-PRESS-RELEASE-TTIP-english NULL.pdf), CEATL sounded the alarm on the fact that the publishing industry was part of the TTIP negotiating mandate, which might pose a threat to policies of protection and promotion of the book sector, notably to fixed book prices.

General Terms and Conditions for translators of books in the Netherlands

General Terms and Conditions for translators of books in the Netherlands

The Dutch Vereniging van Letterkundigen (VvL (http://www NULL.vvl NULL.nu/vvl/index NULL.php), Society of Authors) has adopted General Terms and Conditions (http://www NULL.vvl NULL.nu/vvl/site/submenu/item/559) to be used by translators of books other than those able to negotiate the already existing model contract, which is based on a gentleman’s agreement between the VvL and the Dutch Literaire Uitgeversgroep (LUG (http://www NULL.gau NULL.nuv NULL.nl/bestuur-werkgroepen/literaire-uitgeversgroep-(lug) NULL.9540 NULL.lynkx), Literary Fiction Publishers’ Group).

Reda report : comparative chart showing the main articles regarding the book industry

Reda report : comparative chart showing the main articles regarding the book industry

While Julia Reda (http://www NULL.ceatl NULL.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/ceatls_opinion_on_the_reda_report NULL.pdf) called for a hasty harmonisation and the inconsiderate broadening of exceptions that would all have been made mandatory (thus endangering both the book industry and the rights of authors on their work), the European Parliament consistently calls for the respect of cultural diversity, of national circumstances and of the principles of proportionality and subsidiarity, as well as for targeted and balanced measures based on careful impact studies and taking into account the need to remunerate or compensate creators for any use of their works.

Press release on the vote of the amended Reda report by the European parliament

Press release on the vote of the amended Reda report by the European parliament

Brussels, 14 July, 2015

Following the vote of the European Parliament on the report on the implementation of Directive 2001/29/EC on copyright (also known as the “Reda report (http://www NULL.ceatl NULL.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/ceatls_opinion_on_the_reda_report NULL.pdf)“), CEATL (European Council of Literary Translators’ Associations):

* welcomes the fact the European Parliament has profoundly revised the draft report initially prepared by the Pirate deputy Julia Reda, both in its spirit and in the detail of the proposed reforms (see on our website the comparative chart (http://www NULL.ceatl NULL.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Comparative-chart-Reda-ENGLISH NULL.pdf) for the main provisions touching the book industry). 

PRESS RELEASE on the European Commission’s strategy for a Digital Single Market

PRESS RELEASE on the European Commission’s strategy for a Digital Single Market

Brussels, Copenhagen, Paris, Rome, 20 May 2015

Representing more than 10,000 literary translators in 29 European countries, CEATL (Conseil européen des associations de traducteurs littéraires) has read with interest the communication published by the European Commission on May 6th 2015 regarding its strategy for a Digital Single Market. CEATL welcomes the fact that the Commission acknowledges the economic and cultural importance of copyright and the necessity to enforce it better via an improved follow-the-money strategy against internet piracy.