WIPO Director General praises Accessible Books Consortium at annual Assemblies

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director General Francis Gurry hailed the success story that is the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) today as he opened the UN agency’s weeklong General Assemblies, the annual talks by WIPO’s decision-making bodies.

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Copyright in the EU: what do publishers make of the new directive proposal?

On 14 September the European Commission laid out its proposal to modernize copyright rules in the EU, with the aim of enabling ‘European culture to flourish and circulate’. The IPA’s Brussels-based sister body, the Federation of European Publishers (FEP), was quick to respond, observing that while the document makes an earnest attempt to address some important issues, it does not hold all the answers.

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IPA considering implications of Singaporean copyright review

Singapore’s Ministry of Law and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) have announced a comprehensive review of the city state’s copyright laws, inviting comments until 24 October.

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IPA urges Wellington to reject blanket exceptions to technological protection measures

The IPA this month submitted an intervention to the New Zealand government as it considers a bill to amend national law as part of the implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement.

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IPA interventions: Australia and Uruguay

In June 2016, the IPA made two significant international interventions, in Australia and Uruguay, to ensure the voice of publishers is heard as lawmakers try to make sense of proposals to change their national copyright laws.

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Structural infringers: how to protect copyright without stifling innovation

In January, the US Copyright Office announced a study of Section 512 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the 1998 law in the US that is meant to allow rightsholders to remove material that infringes copyright from the internet while exempting innocent online service providers from liability.

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