IPA & Copyright

IPA and Copyright Policy Making

The most important assets of publishers are the rights they own or control in the works they publish. Copyright is the main legal instrument to protect these rights. It is the safeguard that protects publisher investment, the incentive that determines the relationship between author and publisher and provides the livelihood for both. For this reason, the defence and promotion of copyright is one of IPA's core objectives.


IPA in International Forum

IPA enjoys observer status at UN organisations, including WIPO and UNESCO, and also maintains a close relationship with WTO. This allows IPA to influence international copyright policy in various ways:

IPA has the right to attend diplomatic conferences dealing with copyright issues, and can make oral and written submissions outlining the views or concerns of the publishing industry on a particular initiative. This way, IPA can ensure that diplomatic delegates consider the needs of the book and journal publishing industry prior to voting on the adoption of a treaty or other policy measure. IPA can therefore actively contribute to the introduction or improvement of copyright laws.

IPA's regular contacts with key staff of the WIPO, UNESCO and WTO Secretariats allow IPA to identify issues early on and to offer advice and guidance in the interest of the international publishing community.


IPA at National and Regional Level

IPA enjoys observer status at UN organisations, including WIPO and UNESCO, and also maintains a close relationship with WTO. This allows IPA to influence international copyright policy in various ways:

IPA has the right to attend diplomatic conferences dealing with copyright issues, and can make oral and written submissions outlining the views or concerns of the publishing industry on a particular initiative. This way, IPA can ensure that diplomatic delegates consider the needs of the book and journal publishing industry prior to voting on the adoption of a treaty or other policy measure. IPA can therefore actively contribute to the introduction or improvement of copyright laws.

IPA's regular contacts with key staff of the WIPO, UNESCO and WTO Secretariats allow IPA to identify issues early on and to offer advice and guidance in the interest of the international publishing community.


Awareness Raising

IPA organises and/or participates in major conferences and symposia to raise copyright awareness. IPA is also an active partner in major copyright events organised by WIPO and UNESCO.


Litigation Support

IPA can also support its Members, or members of its Member organisations, as well as fellow-rightsholder organisations, in court litigation. For the sake of defending copyright, IPA has intervened as amicus curiae in major court cases, establishing or re-affirming key principles of copyright.


Standard Setting

As a member of various standard setting bodies IPA assists in the development of copyright-related industry standards. More information can be found here.


Other Support

IPA supports the publishing industry also through the:

Organisation of tailor-made regional copyright workshops and awareness-raising initiatives;

Co-operation and participation in national copyright workshops and awareness-raising activities;

Advice on regulatory matters affecting licensing (including competition and antitrust law).

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