Bologna Children’s Book Fair, latest programme of the 31st International Publishers Congress, Richard Charkin at mid-term, appointment of the IPA new Director, Communications and Freedom to Publish, the latest developments on the draft bill for a ’Digital Republic’ in France.
January 2016
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The cultural and educational ideals behind Bologna Children’s Book Fair



discussion panel at BCBF

The 31st International Publishers Congress 
9-14 April in London


Richard Charkin at mid-term

Welcome to the January 2016 newsletter

In this issue, we look at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, update you on latest programme of the 31st International Publishers Congress, we share with you two articles about the IPA published recently in The Bookseller, we welcome the IPA new Director, Communications and Freedom to Publish, and we report about the latest developments on the draft bill for a ’Digital Republic’ in France.

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The cultural and educational ideals behind Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Bologna Children’s Book Fair appears in the IPA survey on international book fairs as one of three most visited book fairs. We spoke to Mr Aldo Sansone, Sales & Marketing Director about the Fair’s past success and his plans for the future.

Read the interview.


2015, the end of copyright – Taking for free is stealing

Given the current strong copyright stakes at EU and French level, the French Publishers Association decided to launch a communication campaign aimed at raising the awareness of the general public in France in September 2015. This campaign was based on an essay by Richard Malka entitled ’2015, the end of copyright – Taking for free is stealing

Mr. Malka will elaborate on this essay in a special session at the 31st International Publishers Congress on 10 April in London. He will argue that there is no need for copyright reform, that the real obstacle to access is the lack of interoperability, and that the push for such reform is actually only in the interests of large, US-based technology companies. He will look at copyright in terms of its contribution to freedom to publish and its crucial role in cultural development. 


Connect with the Global Publishing Community

Come and connect with others from the global publishing community in one of the world’s most creative cities! The next IPA Congress will be held in London from 9 to 14 April 2016. Don’t miss this opportunity! Buy your ticket now!

IPA members (and their own members) are eligible for a 10% discount. To get a special discount code, contact

The 31st IPA International Publishers Congress has been programmed in close collaboration with London Book Fair and the Publishers Association (UK).
The package includes:
•           Saturday 9th April: Cocktail networking reception
•           Sunday 10th April: IPA Congress: ‘Publishing Now: Creativity, Anti-Censorship and Commerce’ plus a Gala Dinner
•           Monday 11th April: the ‘Quantum: Publishing & So Much More’ conference
•           Tuesday 12th April: a choice of ‘What Works?’ Education Publishing Conference, or Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum, plus in the evening the LBF International Excellence Awards including the IPA’s 2016 Freedom to Publish Prize
•           and access to the London Book Fair from 12 to 14 April.

Check the latest programme for the 31st International Publishers Congress here. Highlights include speeches by publisher Arnaud Nourry (France), and writers Philip Pullman (UK) and Richard Malka (France); an interview with novelist Alaa Al Aswany (Egypt); as well as presentations by publishers Rok Kvaternik (Slovenia), Chiki Sarkar (India), Egill Jóhannsson (Iceland), Bodour Al Qasimi (UAE) and Fei Chen Lee (Singapore). New speakers just confirmed, include Francis Gurry, Director General, WIPO and the bestselling Turkish novelist Elif Shafak

Richard Charkin at mid-term

In an article published in The Bookseller on 15 January, Richard Charkin talks about his first year as president, about the challenges and the achievements so far, the reasons behind his decision to take on this demanding role, and the rationale for opening up the IPA membership to the new horizons. Read the full article here.

New frontiers for IPA?

Sheikha Bodour Al Qasimi is the publisher at Kalimat in the United Arab Emirates and is actively involved in promoting reading in Sharjah and beyond. As the founder and patron of the Emirati Publishers Association (EPA), she has witnessed the positive effect that IPA membership has brought to the publishing industry in the UAE. Once having joined IPA, the EPA identified the strengths and weaknesses of the local book industry and then sought support from IPA and its sister organizations, such as the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFFRO) and the Copyrights Clearing Center (CCC), to address the identified problems. Read Sheikha’s article.


The IPA’s first Director of Communications and Freedom to Publish

On Monday, 1 February, Ben Steward will start work at the IPA as its first Director, Communications and Freedom to Publish, in a move designed to boost awareness of the IPA’s work, especially in defending the right of publishers to publish and distribute works in complete freedom, and in promoting copyright. Read more.

‘Digital Republic╩╝ in France

The French Government has proposed a bill including open access provisions called the French ’Digital Republic’ using an accelerated procedure for promulgation, i.e. only one reading per parliamentary chamber. The bill was passed by the French National Assembly on January, 26th 2016 (link to the bill).

The bill contains several provisions that will have adverse effects on publishers. Read the French Publishers Association (SNE) press release here. In particular, Article 17 of the draft bill provides that researchers make their article, resulting from research financed with public funds, available on open access after an embargo period of 6 months (STM) and 12 months (HSS) from the date of first publication.

During the first reading in the National Assembly, several amendments were made to the draft bill. The SNE proposed 9 amendments (including extension of the embargo period to 12/24 months, withdrawal of Article 17, impact assessment within 3 years, exclusion of conference proceedings). Among those, only the ’exclusion of conference proceedings’ amendment was adopted and the Assembly passed an amendment asking for an impact assessment within 2 years.

Unfortunately, other very detrimental amendments were adopted, namely:
- a Text and Data Mining exception (reproduction of publisher’s content for scientific purposes) contrary to the initial plan of the Government, so the final fate of this exception is still uncertain at this stage ;
- a shorter embargo period can be proposed by a ruling of the Research Minister;
- a Panorama exception (for pictures of well-known monuments protected by copyright and their use).
- associations in charge of protecting IP, defending the public domain or promoting the dissemination of knowledge can go to court to ask for the termination of any obstacle to the free (’libre’) reuse of a work of the public domain.

The next step is for the bill to go before the Senate in March.

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