Following concerns raised by local and international publishers, including on liability for copyright infringement, the New Zealand National Library has announced that it is reconsidering the agreement to donate its international collection to the Internet Archive for digitization and making available of digitised copies online.

IPA’s Secretary General travelled virtually to Manila and Melbourne at the end of November to promote copyright at the Philippines International Copyright Summit and prompt conversations about Copyright, the Freedom to Publish and Sustainability at the Independent Publishing Conference.

2021 Charles Clark Memorial Lecture Flyer

On Wednesday 29 September, Florian Koempel welcomed Judge Kathleen O’Malley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and British author Dr Tom Chatfield for a revamped and virtual Charles Clark Memorial Lecture. The focus of this year’s lecture was Artificial Intelligence and both Dr Chatfield and Judge O’Malley reveled in a fascinating conversation.

Supreme Court of Canada

On Friday 30 July the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) issued its judgement in the York v Access Copyright case, deciding that certified tariffs are not mandatory in a blow to the collective administration of copyright in Canada. The judgement drew disappointed and critical reactions from authors and publishers, and mounting calls for urgent legislative reform to fix a broken system.  

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