Developments in Google Books Case, freedom of expression, programme of the 31st International Publishers Congress, the HP judgement, future of book fairs, accessibility of books for visually impaired persons
November 2015
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New chapter in the so-called Google Books Case

Connect with the global publishing community


Freedom of expression at stake?

Welcome to the November 2015 newsletter

In this issue, we reveal the draft programme and the names of speakers on the main day of the 2016 IPA Congress in London, we report on recent attacks on freedom of expression and call for nominations for the IPA Freedom to Publish Prize 2016, we share legal briefings on the judgements in the HP and the Google cases,we show you how Syndicat national de l'édition has taken the leadin making books available in accessible formats.

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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 until 14 April 2016. Take advantage of the Early Bird rate which applies until 31 December 2015. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Buy your ticket now!

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 Gala Dinner
  • Monday 11th April: ‘Quantum: Publishing & So Much More’
  • Tuesday 12th April: a choice of ‘What Works?’ Education Publishing Conference, or Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum
  • plus LBF International Excellence Awards including the IPA’s 2016 Freedom to Publish Prize
  • plus access to the London Book Fair from 12 to 14 April.
See 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). Paul Doda (USA) will chair a panel on copyright and Ola Wallin (Sweden) another on freedom to publish.

Freedom of Expression at Stake?

As the IPA’s many Media Releases during this time attest, the last few weeks have been especially sad for publishers and for people who uphold freedom of expression and freedom to publish. It started in October with violence leading up to the national elections in Turkey: suspicious raids on publishing houses and other e-media that were critical of the government, the confiscation of books and bookshops being set alight. Things got worse at the beginning of November with murderous attacks on publishers and bloggers in Bangladesh, followed by the mysterious disappearance of 4 publishers working in Hong Kong. And it has all culminated in the tragic death of 2 young French editors at the Bataclan in Paris, last week.

The reverberations of these incidents continue to resound: there have been more raids in Paris and Brussels, and the Turkish authorities insist on repeating past mistakes.

These criminal acts only serve to further demonstrate the exemplary courage shown by publishers living in these hostile environments. Just by publishing and disseminating the writings of others, these brave individuals risk their freedom and even their lives. The IPA’s Freedom to Publish Prize seeks to honour these outstanding individuals and their role in upholding freedoms that we all stand for. Nominations for the Prize close on 8 January 2016. Find information about how to nominate here. The award ceremony will take place on 12 April 2016, during the 31st International Publishers Congress in London.

New Chapter in the So-Called Google Books Case

Judge Pierre Leval, sitting in the US Court of Appeal for the 2nd Circuit, delivered his long-awaited opinion in the matter of the (American) Authors’ Guild Inc. and others vs Google Inc. The Court rejected each of the claims of the Authors’ Guild and other appellants (collectively, the ‘Plaintiffs’) about why the district court’s ruling (by Chin J.) was flawed.

Read the briefing prepared by Carlo Scollo Lavizzari, IPA Legal and Copyright Adviser, here.

The HP Judgement: The International Implications of Reading Literally

According to the European Court of Justice (CJEU), as part of a ruling on Belgian statutory levies published on 12 November 2015, ‘publishers are not reproduction rightsholders’ under a literal reading of Art. 2 of the EU Copyright Directive (2001/29). Therefore, the CJEU found that ‘publishers do suffer no harm’ as a result of the private copy and photocopy exceptions in that directive. 

Read the briefing prepared by Carlo Scollo Lavizzari, IPA Legal and Copyright Adviser, here

The Future of Book Fairs

The IPA Secretariat is currently working on the second edition of our Report on International Book Fairs. It will include the results of our annual survey exploring the experiences of those attending the world`s major book fairs. The report is designed to be useful both for prospective book fair delegates and for book fair organizers looking to improve their level of service.

If you attended more than 3 book fairs during the last 12 months, you are cordially invited to share your experience with us here.

We will first ask you some general questions and then we will ask you to provide feedback for up to 5 book fairs that you have visited. The survey closes on December 31st, 2015. Thank you in advance for participating.

The previous report can be found here.

All this Year’s Major French Award Winners Are Available in Accessible Formats

Each year, between the end of August and beginning of November, the French literary world is extraordinarily active — it’s the time of major commercial releases and the announcement of literary awards. 

On 3 November, the IPA's French member, Syndicat national de l'édition (SNE), reported that all of this season's award winning titles were not only available in bookstores in paper and digital formats, but also in formats suitable for blind or visually impaired readers.

The winners of the major Prix — Goncourt, Renaudot, Femina, Medicis, Décembre, Jean Freustie, Jean Giono, Novel of the French Academy, Novel Fnac and the Le Monde Literary Prize — are all on the list of 330 novels on the «Rentrée littéraire accessible pour tous». Furthermore, 85% of the titles shortlisted for the literary awards are also available in accessible formats.

French publishers are firmly committed to making books accessible, and they have organized a system whereby publishers’ digital files are sent via the National Library of France’s (BnF) platform — Platon — to conversion bureau over summer to be converted into accessible formats. The number of publishers participating in this operation continues to grow: 72 participating this year, compared to 49 in 2014, producing 330 accessible titles, compared to 233 in 2014 (including 43 young adult novels, as against 23 in 2014).

«Rentrée littéraire accessible pour tous» was launched in 2013 by SNE in partnership with BnF. The format adaptation to Braille or large print is financed by the National Book Centre (CNL) the mission of which is to help the dissemination of books to all audiences. The conversions are performed by BrailleNet, GIAA, INJA-DTEA, Lisy and the Media Center of Montpellier.

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