The most important assets of publishers are the rights they own or control in the works they publish. Copyright is the main legal instrument to protect these rights. It is the safeguard that protects publisher investment, the incentive that determines the relationship between author and publisher and provides the livelihood for both. For this reason, the defence and promotion of copyright is one of IPA's core objectives.

IPA and Copyright Policy Making

The most important assets of publishers are the rights they own or control in the works they publish. Copyright is the main legal instrument to protect these rights. It is the safeguard that protects publisher investment, the incentive that determines the relationship between author and publisher and provides the livelihood for both. For this reason, the defence and promotion of copyright is one of IPA's core objectives.

IPA in International Forum

IPA enjoys observer status at UN organisations, including WIPO and UNESCO, and also maintains a close relationship with WTO. This allows IPA to influence international copyright policy in various ways:

IPA has the right to attend diplomatic conferences dealing with copyright issues, and can make oral and written submissions outlining the views or concerns of the publishing industry on a particular initiative. This way, IPA can ensure that diplomatic delegates consider the needs of the book and journal publishing industry prior to voting on the adoption of a treaty or other policy measure. IPA can therefore actively contribute to the introduction or improvement of copyright laws.

IPA's regular contacts with key staff of the WIPO, UNESCO and WTO Secretariats allow IPA to identify issues early on and to offer advice and guidance in the interest of the international publishing community.

IPA at National and Regional Level

IPA enjoys observer status at UN organisations, including WIPO and UNESCO, and also maintains a close relationship with WTO. This allows IPA to influence international copyright policy in various ways:

IPA has the right to attend diplomatic conferences dealing with copyright issues, and can make oral and written submissions outlining the views or concerns of the publishing industry on a particular initiative. This way, IPA can ensure that diplomatic delegates consider the needs of the book and journal publishing industry prior to voting on the adoption of a treaty or other policy measure. IPA can therefore actively contribute to the introduction or improvement of copyright laws.

IPA's regular contacts with key staff of the WIPO, UNESCO and WTO Secretariats allow IPA to identify issues early on and to offer advice and guidance in the interest of the international publishing community.

Awareness Raising

IPA organises and/or participates in major conferences and symposia to raise copyright awareness. IPA is also an active partner in major copyright events organised by WIPO and UNESCO.

Litigation Support

IPA can also support its Members, or members of its Member organisations, as well as fellow-rightsholder organisations, in court litigation. For the sake of defending copyright, IPA has intervened as amicus curiae in major court cases, establishing or re-affirming key principles of copyright.

Standard Setting

As a member of various standard setting bodies IPA assists in the development of copyright-related industry standards. More information can be found here.

Other Support

IPA supports the publishing industry also through the:

Organisation of tailor-made regional copyright workshops and awareness-raising initiatives;

Co-operation and participation in national copyright workshops and awareness-raising activities;

Advice on regulatory matters affecting licensing (including competition and antitrust law).

Copyright Links

Below is a list of other international organizations that are focused on copyright and intellectual property. 

 

Supranational organizations and copyright:

World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
UNESCO Culture Sector, Copyright Division
WTO TRIPS Gateway

 

International copyright treaties: 

WIPO Berne Convention
WIPO Copyright Treaty
UNESCO Universal Copyright Convention
WTO Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

 

Copyright Laws:

WIPO Collection of IP Laws
UNESCO Collection of national copyright laws (no deep-linking possible; follow links)

 

National and regional copyright offices:

European Commission:

Directorate General Internal Market, Copyright and Related Rights section
Directorate General Information Society and Media
Directorate General External Trade, Intellectual Property section

 

Canada:

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
WIPO Directory of IP Offices
 (per country)

 

Non-governmental Organisations and academic copyright think tanks:

Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle (AIPPI), Zurich
Association littéraire et artistique internationale (ALAI)
Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law (MPI IP), Munich
Institut für Urheber- und Medienrecht, Munich
Institute for Information Law, Amsterdam
Copyright Society of the USA (CSUSA) New York
Centre de recherche informatique et droit (CRID), Namur
Stanford Law School, Center for Internet and Society (CIS)
Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

 

International rightsholder representatives:

International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM)
International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP)
International Federation of Scholarly Publishers (IFSP)
International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA)
International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO)
International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)
International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF)
World Association of Newspapers (WAN)

 

Other international stakeholder associations:

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
World Blind Union (WBU)
Creative Commons
Open Content Alliance (OCA)

Traditional Knowledge & Expressions of Folklore

Traditional Knowledge & Expressions of Folklore

Discussions on folklore protection affect all creative industries, including publishing.

By way of example, publishers of children's books and school books make reference in their works to the cultural context and environment of their readers. The retelling of folk tales or the depiction of the culture forming part of their readers' daily lives is part of the editorial content.

Similarly, many writers of fiction are inspired by local customs, traditions and the social environment. Academic publishers publish works describing ethnological observations; others may publish medical research which is based on discoveries by indigenous peoples.

In recent years, governments have called for a special legal framework at international level for the protection of their traditional cultural expressions or folklore. International organisations such as WIPO and UNESCO have long sought to address legal, conceptual, operational and administrative needs and issues in this area. At national level, a number of jurisdictions have enacted legislation for the protection of folklore.

IPA has been a central participant in the international debate on folklore protection. We support the protection of folklore because its formal identification and acknowledgement strengthens respect for traditional cultural expressions.

However, IPA also believes that any international framework for the protection of folklore should ensure that the positive impact of publishers' activities on the culture which they operate is not threatened. In particular, IPA tries to ensure that any possible new international framework does not conflict with one's freedom of expression.

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