Write to your MP now
AS YOU'LL see from the motions for the extra
August meeting, the Branch is debating a letter-writing
campaign to raise politicians' awareness of authors' rights. This
will, the Freelance hopes, be focused on specific
legislative questions, like the changes in UK law made necessary
by the recent European Union Directive.
Most politicians, though, know very little about the issues. We
need your help in the first step of their education. The Branch
Committee asks you to write to your own MPs - or TDs if you live in
the Irish Republic - now, telling them of your experiences with
rights-grabbing publishers. Tell them what happened, why you are
resisting, why you feel under pressure, and how unbalanced and unfair
you find the negotiations to be. Ask them to raise the issue with
the Department of Trade and Industry, and ask them to forward
the DTI's response.
If you don't know who your MP is, ask the Freelance.
Please send a copy of your letter to the Freelance,
email, by fax to 020 7278 1812, or by post c/o Head Office.