In April 2018 the International Authors Forum was delighted at attend the Writers and Directors Worldwide (WDWW) Annual Meeting in Algiers. The IAF had been invited to present its own work on behalf of authors.
The IAF membership is keen to see creators organisations collaborating and this was a great opportunity to support the work of authors around the world. The IAF is especially keen to support IFRRO and CISAC so that when there is an opportunity to do so, effort is made to develop authors’ organisations, whether that be literary, audiovisual, visual artists or directors etc., to ensure that authors have both a national organisation supporting them, and inclusion in the international community of authors.
WDWW are an international not-for-profit organisation that works to protect the rights of writers and directors working in the audiovisual, literary and dramatic fields. They have evolved over the years from the formation of the International Councils of Dramatic Authors and Composers (CIAD) and of Literary Authors (CIADL) in 1966 and in 2014, was renamed Writers & Directors Worldwide.
WDWW is led by creators from dramatic, literary and audiovisual societies around the world and their president is the inspirational Argentinean Film Director, Horacio Maldonado. They act to support creators in all regions of the world and in addition, act as an advisory body to the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC). Like IAF they are an official observer to the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights.
As both IAF and WDWW speak on behalf of the creator, it is important that we collaborate and support each others work wherever possible. Their invitation for us to speak on what we do was both very much appreciated and will hopefully lead to more co-operation and support as we do our utmost to protect and promote authors’ rights across the globe.