The HP Judgement: The International Implications of Reading Literally
- November 24, 2015
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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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.
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.
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.