The International Publishers Association (IPA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Vera Castanheira as the organisation’s new Counsellor for International Copyright Policy and Programs. Castanheira will lead the IPA’s international copyright policy work and the organisation’s relations with WIPO, WTO and other supra-national agencies.
A qualified lawyer and attorney-at-law since 2003, Castanheira brings 15 years of copyright policy development experience at both national and international levels to her new role, as well as on-the-ground knowledge of licensing and copyright education initiatives.
Castanheira served as legal deputy to the Portuguese Secretary of State for Culture, advising on copyright policy, drafting legislation and representing Portugal on the Copyright Working Party of the Council of the European Union and at WIPO. She was General Counsel for AGICOA (the international collective licensing organisation for film producers), where she was part of the team developing licensing of online services, and Executive Director of Portuguese CMO, AGECOP.
IPA Secretary General José Borghino said: ‘Vera’s extensive experience of copyright policy work from the perspective of legislators and trade associations will be invaluable to IPA. Her insight into how we can promote the enabling effect of copyright will be vital at a time when countries and regions are reviewing their copyright laws.’
IPA President Michiel Kolman said: ‘We’re delighted to welcome Vera to the IPA team. Her strong legal background and intimate knowledge of national and international governmental organisations will help us demonstrate why copyright is key to publishers’ efforts to entertain, educate and provide access to validated, quality research.’
Vera Castanheira said: “The IPA develops solid, reliable work in its mission to promote important values for our society, notably the freedom to publish and supporting publishers in producing and disseminating knowledge and culture. I am delighted with the opportunity to join the team and contribute to the IPA’s efforts to keep a balanced ecology in the copyright field.”
A Portuguese national, Castanheira is fluent in English, French and Spanish. She takes up her post immediately, based at the IPA’s Geneva headquarters, reporting to IPA Secretary General, José Borghino.
The International Publishers Association (IPA) is the world’s largest federation of publishers’ associations with 76 members in 65 countries. Established in 1896, the IPA is an industry body with a human rights mandate. The IPA’s mission is to promote and protect publishing and to raise awareness of publishing as a force for economic, cultural and social development. Working in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and numerous international NGOs, the IPA champions the interests of book and journal publishing at national and supranational level. Internationally, the IPA actively opposes censorship and promotes copyright, freedom to publish (including through the IPA Prix Voltaire), and literacy.