NWU joins Creators Conference, May 11, 2022

The NWU and allied organizations representing people who earn our living as creators of copyrighted works will take part in a free, online conference on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, “Creators and Their Advocates on How Writers, Photographers, Illustrators, Designers, Dramatists, Songwriters, and Composers Are Being Taken Advantage of — and What We Can Do About […]

Antitrust, Copyright, and Media Workers’ Rights

The NWU recently submitted comments to separate inquires from the U.S. Copyright Office and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Our response highlights the need for a wholistic approach to the economic conditions and rights of workers who are not “employees.” A proposition like this needs to recognize the intersectionality of copyright, labor, and antitrust law […]

TUNE-IN TUESDAYS: Helpful Navigation for Authors

NWU Book Division online programs Hi! Dan McCrory (Book Division Chair) and Tim Sheard here. We have heard you and we are responding to requests to deal with issues that authors face. Since early January, we’ve been tackle issues with guest experts. Invite your writer friends – union or not – to sit in. The […]

Book Division meets at 2021 Delegate Assembly

The NWU Book Division, including Delegates and other NWU members interested in issues related to books, e-books, and audiobooks, met online on October 22, 2021, as part of the 2021 triennial NWU Delegate Assembly (“DA”). This was an important opportunity to assess what we’ve done, what we are doing, and what remains to be done […]

Stop the Rejection. Self Publish!

The Boston Chapter’s recent workshop, Stop the Rejection – Self Publish, was a great success, drawing both members and non-members. Independent publishing allows you to be in full control of your writing and ensures that your book’s concept, content and cover are not altered by commercial interests. The pilot project allowed participants from around the […]

A Year of Living Dangerously

In many ways, the past year has been a test for all of us and for our union. May 25 marked the one-year anniversary of the police killing of George Floyd and the anti-racist uprising that followed. The past year also featured the US Presidential election and the fascist storming of the US Capitol. It […]

BOOM! Studios Begins Work with #DisneyMustPay Task Force

For Immediate Release May 25, 2021 For More Information Kevin Lampe Kurth Lampe Worldwide (312) 617-7280 kevin@kurthlampe.com TaskForce@WritersMustBePaid.org BOOM! Studios Begins Work with #DisneyMustPay Task Force LOS ANGELES (May 25) – The #DisneyMustPay Joint Task Force is pleased to announce that BOOM! Studios have begun to work with them to achieve the Task Force’s goals […]

NWU Comments on Draft of “Digital Copyright Act of 2021”

The NWU has submitted comments regarding changes to the U.S. Copyright Act to Senators Patrick Leahy and Thom Tillis, who are the chair and ranking minority member respectively of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property. Our response addresses Tillis’ discussion draft of the proposed Digital Copyright Act of 2021. As we noted last year, […]

What’s Ahead in 2021 from the Copyright Office and Congress?

Writers can expect further gains in U.S. Copyright Office procedures in 2021, but we may have a fight ahead in Congress to block yet another attempt to effectively revoke copyright protection for so-called “orphan works,” including those central to some NWU members’ and other writers’ livelihoods.

NWU Wins Cheaper, Easier Copyright Registration for Online Writing

In response to a proposal initiated by the NWU almost four years ago, and later endorsed by nine other national organizations of writers, the U.S. Copyright Office today issued new regulations that will allow a writer to register copyright in up to 50 short-form works published on one or more websites or online platforms within […]