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The International Publishers Association (IPA) stands alongside the Kenya Publishers Association (KPA) in being extremely concerned by the current form of the Copyright Reform Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 44 of 2021) which passed its second reading last week and seems set to be adopted at third reading later this week. As it stands, the Bill is unacceptable and is an inexplicable step backwards for Kenya's copyright policy.

Composite of the logos of the Association of American Publishers, the Publishers Association (UK), and the Federation of European Publishers

Copyright exhaustion, eLending and the future of platform responsibility in the EU have all been in the news this last month. We have a quick look at the stories and reactions.

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IPA Secretary General, José Borghino, spoke to over a hundred Canadian publishers on 27 January, during the ‘Copyright Roundup’ session of the annual Mid-Winter Meeting organized by one of the IPA’s three Canadian members, the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP). IPA’s other two members are the Canadian Publishers’ Council (CPC) and the Association Nationale des Editeurs de Livres (ANEL).

Following concerns raised by local and international publishers, including on liability for copyright infringement, the New Zealand National Library has announced that it is reconsidering the agreement to donate its international collection to the Internet Archive for digitization and making available of digitised copies online.

IPA’s Secretary General travelled virtually to Manila and Melbourne at the end of November to promote copyright at the Philippines International Copyright Summit and prompt conversations about Copyright, the Freedom to Publish and Sustainability at the Independent Publishing Conference.

2021 Charles Clark Memorial Lecture Flyer

On Wednesday 29 September, Florian Koempel welcomed Judge Kathleen O’Malley of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and British author Dr Tom Chatfield for a revamped and virtual Charles Clark Memorial Lecture. The focus of this year’s lecture was Artificial Intelligence and both Dr Chatfield and Judge O’Malley reveled in a fascinating conversation.

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