Alaa Al Aswany: copyright and human rights go together

Alaa Al Aswany is the Arab world's bestselling novelist. We spoke to him about the precarious situation for writers in countries, like Egypt, without proper copyright protection.

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New IPA report on electronic legal deposit

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Legal deposit schemes, which require publishers to submit copies of books and journals to a national library, is considered a vital part in preserving a country's cultural heritage.

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Standing up for copyright: creative sector calls for balanced approach to rights and exceptions

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The IPA, along with other creative sector organisations (IFRRO, FEP, Motion Picture Association, European Writers Council, International Federation of Journalists & more) have written to European Commission President José Barroso, highlighting the dangers of a proposed WIPO treaty on copyright exceptions for libraries and archives.

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“Books are key!” Authors, publishers and booksellers launch a joint manifesto for the European elections

The European Writers' Council, the Federation of European Publishers and the European Booksellers Federation today launched a joint manifesto for the 2014 European Parliament elections.

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EU copyright reform: publishers, it’s time to give your views!

The European Commission is planning to modernize the EU copyright framework "to remove current obstacles, promote rapid digital developments and make copyright fit for the digital age".

In order to decide how to proceed, they have launched a public consultation, open until 5 March 2014.

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Copyright exceptions for libraries & archives: IPA's recommendations to WIPO

As WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights met in Geneva to discuss exceptions for libraries and archives, the International Publishers Association's Secretary General, Jens Bammel, cautioned against changing the system.

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