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From 24 September to 2 October WIPO held its General Assemblies where all Member States gathered to discuss the full range of WIPO’s work including that of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR). 

Following the progress of the SCCR committee on the Broadcasting Treaty in May this year, the General Assemblies directed the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) to make its best efforts to achieve consensus on the remaining outstanding issues during its next two meetings, and, if consensus is reached, to propose a recommendation to the 2019 WIPO General Assemblies with a date and venue for a Diplomatic Conference to adopt a Broadcasting Treaty text.

The Broadcasting Treaty has been under discussion for 20 years. Should a Diplomatic Conference be successful then a gap would be left on the SCCR agenda with many countries and pressure groups putting forward suggested agenda topics. One coalition of civil society organisations has unilateraly suggested a Treaty on Copyright Exceptions and Limitations for Educational and Research Activities.

The General Assemblies were also the occasion for a number of countries to sign up to WIPO treaties. These included Azerbaijan, the European Union, Japan and the United States joining the Marrakesh Treaty and India joining the WIPO Internet Treaties.

You can read the reaction of the Association of American Publishers to the ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty here.

The next session of the SCCR will be held in Geneva from 26-30 November. IPA will be publishing a daily blog post as we have during previous sessions. You can read our old posts here.

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Ben Steward
01 October 2019
Freedom to publish
Book policy
Copyright
Literacy
Publishing industry

The second and final day of the IPA Regional Seminar in the Middle East was opened by Sharjah publisher Bodour Al Qasimi (Kalimat Group), who is (among other things) also the IPA Vice-President.

Ben Steward
30 September 2019
Publishing industry
When the IPA regional seminar in Amman, Jordan, got underway this morning there was a crackle of promise in the air. This was more than a conference opening – it was like the inauguration of a new bridge spanning the space between the IPA’s global me...
Hugo Setzer
23 September 2019
Freedom to publish
Copyright
Publishing industry
Accessibility
Between end of July and early September I had the chance of participating in several important events throughout Latin America. A region full of contrasts, where a wealthy, vigorous parts of society still coexists with undeserving levels of poverty. ...
Azadeh Parsapour
16 September 2019
Freedom to publish
Publishing industry
Every year I read dozens of manuscripts submitted to our publishing house. Unfortunately not all of them are as enjoyable or educating as I expect and only a handful end up published. Beside these books, that I don’t have any control in choosing, I h...
Michiel Kolman
17 July 2019
Accessibility
Diversity and Inclusion
On the topic of inclusion, we tend to focus on the areas of gender and sexual orientation. What does not receive as much attention is the area of accessibility. Simply put, having our products and services designed for people with disabilities speaks...
Hugo Setzer
03 July 2019
Freedom to publish
Copyright
Publishing industry

What do Kenya, Germany and Korea have in common? There are all members of IPA, and during June I had the unique opportunity to make a two-week trip to all three of them.

Michiel Kolman
26 June 2019
Freedom to publish
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and Inclusion comes in many different shapes and colors and this month, Pride month in many countries, the focus will be on LGBTI+, or Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex, where the plus denotes all other groups in an overall i...
Michiel Kolman
24 April 2019
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion
Arguably a forerunner in making progress on the topic of inclusion and diversity, the UK Publishers Association began their journey with a landmark report on the diversity of the UK publishing industry in 2017. They have just released their findings ...

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