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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.  

Banner ofr the IAF IFRRO Exceptions and Limitations event

IPA Secretary General, José Borghino, spoke recently on a panel called Creating a Living: Exceptions & Limitations to Copyright Balanced by Licensing’, which was organised by the International Authors Forum (IAF). He explained that publishers work closely with authors to leverage and exploit the exclusive rights they have in their written works. These rights were first compiled through the Berne Copyright Convention of 1886, which also included some exceptions and limitations to those rights. If those exceptions and limitations expand and multiply without preserving or nurturing the exclusive rights at the core of the system, then major imbalances arise.

Tbilisi International Book Festival event flyer on IPA at 125

As publishers in Georgia were able to gather together for a physical book festival, IPA joined virtually as part of its 125th anniversary celebrations for a discussion between four past Presidents that shared anecdotes from past congresses as well as looking to the future.

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Stephan de Valk
24 January 2022
Book policy
Literacy
Publishing industry
Educational Publishing
The theme for UNESCO’s fourth International Day of Education is Changing course, transforming education and the last two years have shown how educational publishers have been able to pivot quickly, changing course, to keep pupils learning....
Rachel Martin
10 December 2021
Partnership
Publishing industry
The SDG Publishers Compact, launched by the International Publishers Association and the United Nations back in 2020, has continued to gather momentum for the wider publishing sector. In practice, the compact requires aligning our daily practices, ou...
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...

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