The Grupo Iberoamericano de Editores (GIE), which groups major publishers from across Latin America, Spain and Portugal, has elected Mexican publisher José Ignacio Echeverria to be its new president for the next four years, during GIE’s annual meeting at the Guadalajara Book Fair.

According to a Billboard report, U.S. Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante was removed from her job on Friday (October 21) by the Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, who has authority over the Copyright Office. Pallante, who is known for her fair treatment of content creators, has been appointed as a senior digital strategy adviser for the Library of Congress, although industry watchers believe she was pushed out.

The IPA annual report was presented to the General Assembly this week in Frankfurt. This year’s report is more compact than in previous years, and covers the key aspects of the IPA’s work over the period between October 2015 and October 2016, such as Freedom to Publish, Copyright, Educational Publishing, Literacy, and Accessibility.

Frankfurt — The International Publishers Association (IPA) General Assembly today elected Dutch publisher Michiel Kolman (Elsevier) to be the next President of the IPA, when incumbent Richard Charkin (Bloomsbury) completes his two-year mandate, on 1 January 2017.

The international publishing community has paid warm tribute to former IPA president, Fernando Guedes, a highly accomplished and visionary publisher, who died this week (28 August), aged 87.

Two IPA presidents have paid warm tribute to the British publisher and former IPA Executive Committee member, Nick Perren, who  died on Monday (1 August) after a long illness.

Dr. Jessica Sänger (39), lawyer and Deputy Head of the Legal Department at Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, will run a newly formed unit for European and international affairs at the German Publishers and Booksellers Association.

The recent German Federal Supreme Court ruling that called time on the decades-old practice of apportioning copyright levies between authors and publishers has sent shockwaves through the country's publishing industry.

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