Where We Stand

Our advocacy work supports authors’ rights and their ability to earn a living in the changing publishing landscape. Here’s where we stand on copyright, free speech, piracy, and other issues central to professional authors today.


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Effective copyright protection is the linchpin of professional authorship: it enables authors to make a living writing. The Authors Guild is dedicated to ensuring this remains possible in the twenty-first century. But we also recognize that copyright is not absolute.


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In the interest of bolstering the First Amendment’s protection of freedom of expression, the Authors Guild opposes censorship and lends its support to legislation protecting free speech, most recently by urging Congress to pass a federal reporter’s shield law.


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Our new advocacy campaign aims to restore balance to the author-publisher relationship and help authors achieve a fair return for their contributions to the joint venture of book publication.


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The Authors Guild has been working with legislators and private companies for years to develop a more comprehensive solution to Internet piracy. We advocate a balanced approach that protects the creative marketplace without standing in the way of digital innovation.


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Here you’ll find news and analysis about the state of the publishing industry, as well as updates about what we’re doing to support the professional aspects of authorship, such as promoting sound tax policy for self-employed workers like authors.


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The digital revolution has brought great challenges to authors—the proliferation of piracy, for example, and publishers’ inequitable division of e-book profits—but it also poses great opportunities. Amidst these changes we’re fighting to ensure writing remains a viable profession.


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Our copyright infringement lawsuit, Authors Guild v. Google, entered its tenth year on September 20, 2014. We argued our case before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on December 3, 2014. The outcome of our appeal will have global ramifications: it will define the limits of copyright law’s “fair use” defense in the twenty-first century and ultimately impact the income of writers around the world.


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From time to time the Authors Guild has opposed Amazon’s more ruthless tactics, not because we’re anti-Amazon, but because we believe the company has threatened the publishing ecosystem in ways that jeopardize both our individual livelihoods and the future of authorship itself.


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We’ve received final approval of our $18 million class action lawsuit, filed on behalf of thousands of freelance writers who had been paid by major newspapers and magazines for one-time use of their articles, only to see their work swept into electronic databases without further compensation.


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Where We Stand

Our advocacy work supports authors’ rights and their ability to earn a living in the changing publishing landscape. Here’s where we stand on copyright, free speech, piracy, and other issues central to professional authors today.


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