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The All Party Writers Group

The All Party Writers Group (APWG) was established in November 2007.

All party groups allow MPs and Lords from all sides of the political spectrum to keep both Government and Opposition parties informed on specific policy issues, taking on board opinions from both within and outside Parliament.

The APWG’s aims are:

  • To represent the interests of all writers
  • To safeguard their intellectual property rights
  • To ensure they receive a fair level of recognition and reward for their contribution to the economy and society as a whole.

Among the issues it has tackled since it was established, the APWG has:

  • Reviewed government proposals for new copyright exceptions, notably those relating to private copying;
  • Lobbied for the maintenance of PLR payments at current levels
  • Examined the issue of illegal downloading via peer-to-peer file sharing networks
  • Provided journalists with an opportunity to raise concerns over contractual terms and practices with the secretary of state for culture
  • Instigated a Ministerial review of the PLR scheme to encompass digital users
  • Successfully lobbied government against reforming copyright licensing within the education sector, thereby preserving the right for authors to continue to receive fair remuneration for educational use;
  • Campaigned successfully for new legislation to extend Public Lending Right (PLR) to authors of audiobooks and ebooks (provisions included in the Digital Economy Act 2010).

The APWG is chaired by Pete Wishart MP. 

For further information on the work of the All Party Writers Group see the APWG website www.allpartywritersgroup.co.uk