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.

In an on-camera interview with the IPA (video at the foot of this page), award-winning international authors Philip Pullman, Elif Shafak and Alaa Al Aswany have voiced their opinions on the importance to creators of robust copyright protection, and the impact that digital has had on their profession. 

IPA Secretary General, José Borghino, joined counterparts from WIPO, IFRRO and the IAF at a three-day seminar in Dakar, Senegal, from 18 to 20 April.

The IPA was dismayed this month when the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) declined to consider the appeal in Authors Guild v. Google (the Google Books case), bringing to an end more than a decade of litigation.

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