View this email in your browser
Welcome to the February 2017 newsletter!

This month we look forward to a copyright showdown at the IPA-sponsored Charles Clark Memorial Lecture (register now!), and we spoke to the International Alliance of Independent Publishers about a new study into the state of freedom to publish in the world. We also look at the line-up for this year's What Works? educational publishing conference, during The London Book Fair, and we explain why publishers should care about WIPO's 'traditional knowledge' debates. Read on...

Got a story? Tell the editor.
Delegates at The London Book Fair will next month hear two eminent copyright law specialists debate one of the most controversial areas of international copyright law – the doctrine of 'Fair Use'. 
The International Alliance of Independent Publishers (IAIP) has launched a first-of-its-kind study into worldwide threats to freedom to publish and the ways publishers respond to them.

What Works? lineup to include star author Roddy Doyle

The IPA and The London Book Fair have announced the speaker line-up – including Man Booker winner Roddy Doyle – for the fifth edition of the What Works? educational publishing conference, in association with The Publishers Association (PA).

IPA: common sense in WIPO traditional knowledge debate

The Delegates at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva are this week deliberating the relationship between copyright and ‘traditional knowledge’, a conversation of undervalued importance to the global publishing industry.


#FreeWordsTurkey petition handed to lawmakers in Berlin

The German Publishers and Booksellers Association, the PEN Centre Germany and Reporters Without Borders have handed a 100,000-signature petition to the German Federal Government to demand a tougher stance on freedom of expression and freedom of the press in Turkey.

Six finalists named for ABC's 2017 Excellence Award

The finalists have been announced for the Accessible Books Consortium’s 2017 International Excellence Award, with six short-listed organizations hailing from right around the world.

Two weeks left for ALAI 2017 early bird tickets

The Annual Congress of the International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI 2017), 7–20 May 2017 in Copenhagen, will ask 'Copyright – to be or not to be?' ALAI 2017 is being run by the Danish Copyright Association on behalf of the International Literary and Artistic Association (ALAI). 

W3C and IDPF merger promises better e-books

E-books have brought contention and inspiration to the publishing industry for years. The merger of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF), this month promises to add an extra layer to that tumult.
SOURCE: Forbes

Vatican stakes out copyright to Pope Francis' image

Unnerved by the proliferation of papal-themed T-shirts, snow globes and tea towels around the world, the Vatican has warned it intends to "protect" the image of Pope Francis and "stop situations of illegality that may be discovered."  

Authors can do without publishing houses, says Savi Sharma

Bestselling author Savi Sharma is riding high on the mammoth success of her debut novel Everyone Has a Story. A self-published book, it sold 100,000 copies in 100 days on the back of an ambitious social media campaign."  
SOURCE: Financial Express
About the IPA
Established in 1896, the International Publishers Association (IPA) is the world’s largest federation of publishers associations. The IPA is an industry body with a human rights mandate, whose mission is to promote and protect publishing and raise awareness of publishing as a force for economic, cultural and social development. Working in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and other supranational bodies, the IPA champions the interests of book and journal publishing at national and supranational level. Internationally, the IPA actively opposes censorship and promotes copyright, freedom to publish (including through the IPA Prix Voltaire), and literacy.

International Publishers Association
23 Avenue de France
CH-1202 Geneva
Tel: +41 22 704 1820


This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
International Publishers Association · Avenue de France 23 · Geneve 1202 · Switzerland