Sunday, December 6, 2009

IFJ on Author's Rights

As everything news and information-related appears to be “going digital,” the exploitation of intellectual property rights is a topic for virtually every government, major company and economic forum worldwide. Journalists are among those who must have intellectual property rights too!

These rights are called authors' rights. Authors' rights are currently best protected in continental Europe.

The IFJ authors' rights programmes call for journalists to be recognised as authors of the work they create, have control on further use of their work and receive an equitable remuneration for it. In this sense, we oppose the Anglo-American copyright system which deprives all staff and most freelances of these rights.

Authors' rights are not only economic rights. Journalists, photographers and media professionals also need strong legal protection of their moral rights, including the right to be named as the author and the right to protect their content from being used in a detrimental way or context. The rights for individuals to exercise control over their work is crucial to maintain ethical standards, which define and guarantee quality journalism. This is another reason to oppose the Anglo-American copyright system, through which authors can be, and are, coerced into signing away their moral rights.

Continue reading here:

IFJ Guiding Principles on Authors' rights
IFJ/EFJ Authors' rights manual

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