Panel at Assises du Livre, Gneva Book Fair

This year, the annual Salon du Livre de Genève (Geneva Book Fair) took place from 25-29 April. Billed as the second biggest francophone fair in the world (after Paris Livre), the event attracts about 100,000 people every year. It also runs a professional programme for publishers (Les Assises de l’édition), which this year was dedicated to publishing in Africa, and at which the IPA was invited to speak.

IPA president Dr Michiel Kolman called for Russia to do more on the big issues of book piracy and censorship this week, at the opening of the Moscow International Book Fair.

The IPA and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have fired the starting gun on an unprecedented world publishing survey, which will deliver the first ever detailed map of the industry in a broad-reaching and comprehensive yearly statistical report.

IPA President Michiel Kolman told a seminar at London Book Fair that Chinese publishing’s inclusion in the IPA had ‘marked an important expansion’, meaning that the IPA membership's 'collective voice today carries further and speaks for more publishers than ever before'.

Maria Pallante, the former head of the U.S. Copyright Office, whose abrupt exit from the position in October 2016 sounded alarm bells throughout the publishing and arts worlds, became the new President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) this month.

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.

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