Hungary's Parliament has adopted a law to nationalize the school textbook market. From 1st September 2014, a state-owned body will create and publish school books which will be provided free of charge to primary schools. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government justified the move by claiming that the current system has allowed publishers to generate huge profits through over-supplying schools with textbooks. From now on, only two books will be available per subject and class.
As WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights met in Geneva to discuss exceptions for libraries and archives, the International Publishers Association's Secretary General, Jens Bammel, cautioned against changing the system.
It isn't easy being a science-fiction publisher in one of the most conservative societies in the world.