Copyright and Human Rights, Angela Mills, Chief Otunba Yinka Laawal-Solarin
August 2015
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Otunba Yinka

Chief Otunba Yinka Laawal-Solarin     

One of Nigeria’s best-known publishers talking about his experiences in publishing

Copyright and Human Rights

IPA new special report on why copyright matters and how freedom to publish fits in with other Human Rights


Angela Mills

Angela Mills Wade on advocating for creative industries 

Challenges and opportunities of working as a lobbyist in Brussels

Welcome to the August 2015 newsletter

In this edition of the IPA newsletter we publish a new IPA special report on Copyright and Freedom to Publish. We interview Angela Mills Wade, Executive Director of the European Publishers Council on challenges in advocating for creative industries and copyright and we talk with Chief Otunba Yinka Laawal-Solarin on the opportunitites and difficulties for publishers in Nigeria. 

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Do Copyright and Human Rights go together?
Copyright protection is not per se a human right, but it is a tool which protects the human rights of authors and publishers. Copyright impacts on freedom of expression, both of the author and of members of the public who wish to distribute the author’s works as part of their own freedom of expression. This does not just mean the freedom to express a certain opinion, but also to chose the appropriate medium to do so, or even to remain silent. 

Access the IPA special report on Copyright and Human Rights here.

Chief Otunba Yinka Laawal-Solarin:
Piracy is devastating the publishing industry in Nigeria. The whole intellectual property space here is dominated by pervasive piracy and has been for a very long time. As soon as I ventured into book publishing, especially school textbook publishing, our books were being pirated.

Read the interview here.

Angela Mills Wade: "My career as a senior lobbyist for the media industry has in many ways been defined by challenge and change."
With this article, IPA initiates a series of interviews with successful women in publishing and the creative industries. We asked all of them the same question: "What challenges have you experienced in your career and how did you overcome them?" The responses are as varied as their origins, work and background. Is it possible to reconcile work and family life? Are women treated as equal business partners? We will explore these questions through their stories.

Read Angela's response here.

José Borghino promoted to the role of the IPA Secretary General
José Borghino commented. “The challenge to old business models that digitisation ushered in a decade ago is by no means over, and publishers must remain nimble and flexible. The IPA is the global publishing industry’s indispensable frontline defender in the face of multiple challenges and I look forward to leading the IPA team at this important time.”

Read IPA's press release here.

FEATURED EVENT: Educational Publishers Forum meeting in Oslo, Norway 17-18 September
New WIPO Deputy Director General, Anne Leer, will be speaking and IPA Secretary General, José Borghino, will be attending.

For full details on how to become member of this group, contact José on

IPA events at the Frankfurt Book Fair - save the dates!
As it does each year on the occasion of the Frankfurt Book Fair, IPA will hold its statutory meetings and other conferences from Tuesday 13 October until Saturday 17 October.

See the detailed timing and locations here.

Sign the #copyrightforfreedom petition, protect creative industries! 
Europe's creative sector depends on a robust copyright system which fosters innovation and which supports freedom of expression. Authors, publishers and booksellers are petitioning the European Parliament to ensure that copyright underpins cultural diversity and allows differences of opinions to flourish.

Sign this important petition here.

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