The HP Judgement: The International Implications of Reading Literally

According to the European Court of Justice (CJEU), as part of a ruling on Belgian statutory levies published on 12 November 2015 ‘publishers are not reproduction rightsholders’ under a literal reading of Art. 2 of the EU Copyright Directive (2001/29). Therefore, the CJEU found that ‘publishers do suffer no harm’ as a result of the private copy and photocopy exceptions in that directive.

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Google’s making of a digital copy to provide a search function is a ‘transformative use’ of the content, Judge Leval said

Judge Leval, sitting in the US Court of Appeal for the 2nd Circuit, on 16 October delivered his long-awaited opinion in the matter of the (American) Authors’ Guild Inc. and others vs Google Inc. The Court rejected each of the claims of the Authors’ Guild and other appellants (collectively, the ‘Plaintiffs’) about why the district court’s ruling (by Chin J.) was flawed.

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The publisher perspective on the development of new technologies and copyright protection.

On 9 November 2015, Secretary General of the IPA, José Borghino, chaired a panel discussion about 'The publisher perspective on the development of new technologies and copyright protection' at the CeMPro Seminar in Mexico City 'Copyright in the XXI'.

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On importance of the protection of local creators and publishers

In consultation with our member in South Africa, the Publishers Association of South Africa (PASA), the IPA made a submission on 15 September to the South African government’s consultation on its proposed Copyright Amendment Bill. IPA consistently reinforces the message that local authors and local publishers are important strategic resources, and that governments should foster and encourage them whenever possible. Local creators are the lifeblood of all knowledge economies, and are all the more precious for the future of developing nations.
 

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The essentials of image rights management

Vincent van Gogh. The Starry Night. 1889. Oil on canvas, 29 x 36 1/4" (73.7 x 92.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, 1941

It is almost a cliché to say that we are in a visual age. Today, visual images are increasingly important and visual competency is becoming essential. IPA interviewed Chris Hudson, the publisher at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, and the chairman of the International Association of Museum Publishers, about image rights and their management in publishing.

Image on the front page: Vincent van Gogh. The Starry Night. 1889. Oil on canvas, 29 x 36 1/4" (73.7 x 92.1 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest, 1941.

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Do Copyright and Human Rights go together?

Copyright protection is not per se a human right, but it is a tool which protects the human rights of authors and publishers. Copyright impacts on freedom of expression, both of the author and of members of the public who wish to distribute the author’s works as part of their own freedom of expression. This does not just mean the freedom to express a certain opinion, but also to chose the appropriate medium to do so, or even to remain silent.

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