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The International Publishers Association supports the Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) lawsuit challenging as unconstitutional a State of Maryland law that would impose fundamental limitations on the exercise of exclusive rights. The legislation would establish an obligation to license under terms and conditions mandated by the State, thereby impairing publishers’ contractual freedom, and undermining the international legal framework as set out in the Berne Convention and in the WIPO Copyright Treaty, to which the United States is a Contracting Party.

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.

Screenshot of the Frankfurt Book Fair panel on the impact of COVID on the publishing industry

At the 2021 Frankfurter Buchmesse, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) hosted a discussion on the immediate and long-term effects of the COVID pandemic on the publishing industry. During the 45-minute virtual session, a diverse panel of speakers explored how different members of the publishing industry have been impacted by the pandemic in a variety of ways and how the community has come together to weather the worst of the pandemic.

Pham Doan Trang

Ahead of her upcoming trial on 4 November, the undersigned 28 human rights and freedom of expression organizations today condemn the ongoing arbitrary detention of independent journalist and woman human rights defender Pham Doan Trang. We call on the Vietnamese authorities to immediately and unconditionally release and drop all charges against her. The persecution of Doan Trang and other human rights defenders, including independent writers and journalists, is part of the worsening assault on the rights to freedom of expression and information in Vietnam.

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Rachel Martin
27 October 2022
Publishing industry
At Frankfurt Book Fair, I was really happy to present a prototype for a carbon label for books as part of the presentation of the Publishing 2030 Accelerator during IPA’s Sustainability Summit....
Gvantsa Jobava
07 September 2022
Freedom to publish
Literacy
Publishing industry
September 8 is UNESCO’s International Literacy Day intended to ‘remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights, and to advance the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable society.’ After the su...
Michiel Kolman
30 August 2022
Partnership
Publishing industry
There is no doubt of the importance of the wider publishing sector for society. We contribute not only to the development and preservation of our cultural identity, fostering empathy, understanding and knowledge but as a sector we contribute to the e...
Laura Brady
25 August 2022
Publishing industry
Accessibility
There is a lot of chatter about accessibility and born accessible content these days, and for good reason. But what does it mean in practice for IPA's members and individual publishers? The European Accessibility Act (EAA) is due to have a seismic im...
Michiel Kolman
06 July 2022
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion
On 25 March 2022, the Publishers Association in the UK published its latest Diversity survey of the publishing workforce. Michiel Kolman, Chair of the IPA's Inclusive Publishing and Literacy Committee spoke to Dan Conway, the incoming CEO of the Publ...
James Taylor
13 May 2022
Copyright
Publishing industry

The final day of this SCCR began with the Chair recognising a cloud of fatigue in the room and encouraging delegates to press on through the day to finish the week.

James Taylor
12 May 2022
Copyright
Publishing industry

Day 4 of this 42nd meeting of the SCCR picked up exactly where Day 3 left off, with discussions on exceptions and limitations and observer organisations continuing their statements.

James Taylor
11 May 2022
Copyright
Publishing industry

Day 3 of SCCR 42 opened with further discussion and analysis of the new text on the broadcasting treaty with the afternoon reserved for discussions on exceptions and limitations.

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