Copyright

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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Free Speech

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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Fair Contract Initiative

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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Piracy

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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Copyright Office Modernization

A twenty-first century Copyright Office is central to a properly functioning copyright law. The Copyright Office has been providing important, effective services to authors with the resources it has, but its infrastructure, funding, and status within the U.S. government are relics of the analog era.

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The Publishing Industry

Writing is both a craft and a business. Here you’ll find news and analysis about the state of the publishing industry, as well as updates about what we’re doing to ensure that writing remains a viable profession in a period of great challenges for working authors.

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Authors Guild v. Google

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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Amazon's Anticompetitive Conduct

From time to time we’ve 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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$18 Million Freelance Settlement

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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