Background - What does IPA do?

What does IPA do?

IPA liaises with international organisations and lobbies them when new international treaties or other legal instruments are being shaped. To that effect, IPA has official consultative status with United Nations organisations including the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and the Universal Postal Union (UPU). IPA also sets up regular meetings with World Trade Organisation (WTO) staff and delegates, and other international organisations.

IPA assists its national member organisations when national laws affecting publishers, in particular copyright laws, are introduced, reviewed or amended. IPA provides its members with legal advice and lobbies national governments in cooperation with concerned member organisations.

IPA monitors cases of violations of freedom of expression and freedom to publish worldwide. IPA supports publishers and authors in the case of their prosecution and persecution, and brings their case to the attention of international organisations, national governments and the media. IPA initiates protest campaigns when appropriate.

IPA has developed an extensive network of internationally active non-governmental organisations (NGOs) sharing IPA's objectives, in particular in the area of copyright and freedom of expression. These include international newspaper, periodical, and music publishers, writers, librarians, collecting societies and human rights organisations.

Every two years IPA awards a prize, the IPA Freedom to Publish Prize, for exemplary courage in upholding freedom of expression and freedom to publish.

IPA regularly organises international Publishers Congresses and organises international events focusing on publisher issues, e.g. 2006 Göteborg Book Fair with its focal theme “Freedom of Expression”, Istanbul bi-annual Freedom of Expression Gathering, 2007 Arab International Copyright Conference, 2008 Black Sea Book Fair, 2008 International Symposium on Neo-Censorship, etc.

IPA takes part in fact-finding missions, e.g. as member of the Tunisia Monitoring Group (TMG), and in trial observation missions, e.g. at the trials of Ragip Zarakolu.

IPA promotes the development of international standards important to the publishing industry. It represents the publishing community on the board of the International ISBN Agency. It is a founding member of the International DOI Foundation and monitors other standards developments. IPA is a board member of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO).

IPA provides its members with regular information services and advice on publishing-related developments around the world.

IPA promotes and monitors the ratification and enforcement of the UNESCO Florence Agreement on the Importation of Educational, scientific and cultural materials and its additional Protocol.

IPA collaborates with UNESCO to promote World Book and Copyright Day (23 April) and assists in selecting the World Book Capital City each year.

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