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IPA Newsletter - Issue # 101


1.    Exchange Knowledge on the Members’ Section of the IPA Website
Starting this week the members’ only section of the IPA website features a new section called “Exchange Knowledge” designed to facilitate exchange of information among IPA members on the following subjects: Freedom to publish, model contracts, piracy, reading promotion, TIGAR and VAT.
Under “model contracts”, you will learn about the latest agreements between French and Norwegian authors’ and publishers’ associations to adapt the author/publisher contracts to the digital age.
We want to continually adapt, augment and enrich this section so please send us suggestions, feedback, and any documents which you think would benefit the rest of the IPA membership. Thank you.
To access the members’ only section, please click here. For more information, or to receive the access codes, please contact Alexis Krikorian at:
2.    150 Participants Expected at IPA’s 1st Education Conference
“What Works? Policies, Resources & Technologies for International Educational Success” is the title of the IPA’s new international conference. It will take place during the London Book Fair on 17 April 2013 at the Earls Court Conference Centre.
Some international organisations have built up a large body of research evidence, project experience, and longitudinal assessments about education. This conference will bring together speakers from three of these organisations — the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the World Bank, and UNESCO — together with publishers, teachers and technologists to share insights and experiences. Such a mix has never been attempted before and the outcome should be enlightening for policy makers, content creators and technology providers. The focus will be on how we can all support learners to improve their educational success. The program takes a balanced and objective look at measures of achievement, the effectiveness of learning resources and of learning technologies, and the public policies that have been demonstrated to improve educational outcomes.
150 participants have already registered for this important and ground-breaking IPA initiative. Education is of prime strategic importance for governments of all persuasions and is an increasingly contested topic. The IPA has decided to increase its focus on education and assist the global education publishing industry with both the International Education Conference and the Education Publishers Forum which follows it on 18 April.
A delegate pass to the Conference also gives free entry to the London Book Fair.

To view the program, please click here. You may register onsite. And for more information about the Conference and the Forum, please contact José Borghino at:

3.       Digital Distribution Developments at 30th IPA Congress
The 30th IPA Congress will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, on 25-27 March 2014, on the eve of the Bangkok International Book Fair while Bangkok is still World Book Capital 2013 (that honour lasts until 22nd April 2014).
Preparations for the Congress are progressing rapidly. IPA EC Member and CEO of HarperCollins Brian Murray will chair a session entitled Digital Distribution Developments. The speakers that Brian has succeeded in confirming for this session include: Tom Turvey, Director, Strategic Partnerships, Google; Charlie Redmayne, CEO Pottermore; Dane Neller, CEO, On Demand Books; Michael Serbinis, CEO, Kobo Inc.
This high-level session should be of intense interest for Congress delegates. Online registration will be available on the Congress website from next week at:
For more information, please contact Alexis Krikorian at:
4.    2nd Arab Publishers Association Conference Discusses Digital Publishing, Freedom to Publish and Piracy
The 2nd Arab Publishers Association conference brought more than 100 publishers from the Arab world together in the Library of Alexandria, Egypt, on 23 and 24 March 2013. The complex political and difficult economic situation facing the Arab world formed the backdrop to a fascinating program that circled around three issues: digital migration, freedom to publish and piracy.
The region’s newly won freedom to express ideas has created a new tone in public discourse that was apparent during the conference. With the threat of civil unrest or violence and political instability always near, the boundaries of freedom of expression and freedom to publish have a strong impact on how politics are developing. IPA representatives presented their perspective on this important right and their observations contributed to a lively debate.
With respect to digital publishing, the Arab world is currently being held back because Arab letters cannot yet be easily rendered in e-books. EPUB 3 now creates the potential to render Arabic writing, but work still needs to be done. IPA has begun reaching out to a range of distribution platforms with a view to supporting the development of the Arabic digital book format and infrastructure.
Piracy is also an on-going issue in Arabic countries. Counterfeiting mainly takes place through reprints and photocopying. Digital piracy has also begun to develop and there are many publishers who fear that online piracy seriously threatens their core business. Other issues that are particularly important in the Arab region are book fairs and their development, translations into Arabic and the development of better distribution infrastructure.

For more information, please contact Jens Bammel at:
5.    WIPO Print Disabled Treaty: Negotiations Head into Final Stretch a Positions Harden on Key Issues
Later this week WIPO member states will meet for the last time ahead of the Marrakech diplomatic conference to progress work on the negotiating text for the treaty on copyright exceptions for Visually Impaired Persons (VIP). The current text includes forty square brackets and five sections with alternative text proposals. It is unusual to go into a diplomatic conference with a text that requires so much more work. The greatest substantive issues that are open are:
  • Whether exceptions should be limited to works that are not commercially available in appropriate formats;
  • Under what circumstances technical protection measures can be circumvented;
  • Whether the treaty will allow translations and performances of works for the benefit of persons with print disability.
IPA and some member states also want to revisit the issue of the three-step test and the inclusion of “fair use” in the text of the instrument. It remains to be seen whether the meeting this week will make any progress. Already there is talk of a further preparatory meeting in May. All this demonstrates the pressure there is to come to a conclusion. The “success” of the Marrakech diplomatic conference in June was inevitable. We will probably have a treaty. However, whether it will then be ratified by member states is another question.

For more information, please contact Jens Bammel at:
6.    Concerns Raised about ICANN and Generic Top-Level Domain Names
On 8 March, the IPA made a formal submission to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that coordinates the global system of domain names (such as “.com” and “.org”) and IP addresses. ICANN had called for applications from organizations interested in administering a number of new generic top-level domain names or gTLDs, including “.book” and “.author”. The IPA was concerned because it is not clear that the successful applicant would be required to give fair and equal access to other entities wanting to register for the “.book” and “.author” descriptors.
The IPA’s position was an in-principle one, opposing a process that could hand over future control of the assigning of domain names to organizations with a motive for maintaining a “closed registry” for their own commercial advantage. The IPA argued it was in the public interest to maintain an “open registry” system with a clearly articulated transparent, fair and rules-based process for registering a gTLD. The IPA also stressed the special nature of the “.book” and “.author” domains in that they are not just generic descriptors, but also carry connotations of quality, authority, scholarship, authenticity and identity. Potential registrants include authors, agents, bookshops, fan sites, publishers or book platforms. For many users it may also indicate an original ownership of, or interest in, relevant publishing rights. This means that there is a particular significance in the ownership of a “.book” domain name.
A working group of IPA members decided that this issue was of grave concern and has asked all IPA member organisations to lobby their respective governments about this issue and encourage them to intervene. This can be done through ICANN’s Government Advisory Committee (GAC): A number of governments have already expressed their concerns. This is an issue that affects the broader copyright and creative industries sector and the IPA believes a broader coalition can be mobilised.An IPA representative attended the recent meeting of ICANN in Beijing (7-11 April). The next meeting is in Durban, South Africa on 14-18 July and we will continue to follow developments.
For more information, please contact José Borghino at:
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