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José Borghino talking at SCCR 41

The 41st session of the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) took place in hybrid format from 28 June to 1 July. Member States agreed not to embark on any law-making (normative) discussions while face-to-face meetings remain impractical, but that hasn’t stopped some from trying to use the pandemic as a pretext for more and broader exceptions and limitations to copyright, especially in the field of education publishing.

John Assein at a press briefing

On July 6th, the Nigerian government announced that it had presented a new bill, The Copyright (Repeal) Bill, to the country’s National Assembly for approval. The proposed legislation, which represents the first significant reform of Nigeria’s copyright system in decades, is intended to strengthen authorities’ capacity to respond to the copyright challenges the country is facing.

Logo cloud of Book Prize survey partners

For the second year in a row, Nielsen Book has been commissioned to undertake an industry-wide survey to investigate the international landscape and perception of book prizes across publishing, bookselling, writing, media, and academic sectors in various countries. The research is being supported by the International Publishers Association, Frankfurt Book Fair, Publishing Perspectives, London Book Fair and Agile Ideas.

Forging Forward logo

On 7 June, IPA held a webinar under the theme “Protecting the book market: strategies, challenges & best practices on copyright enforcement”. A panel of expert publishers and law enforcement officers shared their experience about the challenges brought by online piracy and the importance of appropriate legal frameworks to support copyright owners and authorities in tackling infringement, an essential activity to maintain a sustainable and vibrant book market.  

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Michiel Kolman
06 December 2021
Freedom to publish
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion
Michiel Kolman, Chair of the IPA's Inclusive Publishing and Literacy Committee talks to author, translator and publisher Lawrence Schimel about his children's books, their reception in different markets and the shared borders of freedom to publish an...
Michiel Kolman
13 November 2021
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion

Michiel Kolman, Chair of the IPA's Inclusive Publishing and Literacy Committee talks to Yannick Geens about the European project Every Story Matters.

Hugo Setzer
29 October 2021
Partnership
Publishing industry
Accessibility
Educational Publishing
Hugo Setzer, IPA Past President and head of the IPA's Accessibility Working Group spoke to Paul Gillijns and Sanne Walraven of the Dutch Educational Publishers and Dutch General Publishers Associations respectively about their 18 month programme to t...
James Taylor
21 September 2021
Partnership
Publishing industry
Accessibility
The term of IPA Past President, Dr Michiel Kolman, on the board of the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) came to an end last month. The ABC is hosted by WIPO and is part of the practical implementation of the Marakesh Treaty. Michiel has been succeed...
Alison Tweed
13 September 2021
Partnership
Book policy
Literacy
Publishing industry
Our charity, Book Aid International, works for a world where everyone has access to books that will enrich, improve, and change their lives. Every year, we provide around one million brand new books to thousands of libraries, schools, universities, h...
Michiel Kolman
07 September 2021
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion
It seems that with each passing day there is yet another climate change crisis dominating our news headlines.  The world’s scientists have declared that we are fast approaching global tipping points where we can still try and minimize the devast...

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