MARCH 2017
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Welcome to the March 2017 newsletter!

This month the IPA held a raft of key meetings during London Book Fair (LBF), when the Executive, Freedom to Publish and Copyright Committees, and the Educational Publishers Forum (EPF) come together to revisit current priorities. LBF is also where the IPA What Works? educational publishing conference, IPA-cosponsored Charles Clark Memorial Lecture and other pivotal encounters take place. In addition, the IPA visited Georgia to urge ministers to repeal a decree that is decimating the country's educational publishing and jeopardizing youth literacy.

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US judge Pierre Leval and copyright lawyer Jon Baumgarten – respective champions of the ‘for’ and ‘against’ camps in the US-style ‘fair use’ conversation – squared up at the 2017 Charles Clark Memorial Lecture, in a new debate-format.
The 2017 presentation of the IPA Prix Voltaire will return to the Gotebörg Book Fair, Sweden, 11 years after the first ‘IPA Freedom Prize’ was awarded to Iranian publisher Shalah Lahiji, in September 2006.

Reckless textbook policy will undermine Georgian literacy

Childhood literacy in Georgia will be a primary casualty of a well-meaning but destructive free schoolbook law that has handed the government control of all textbook production and stripped publishers and authors of their intellectual property rights, the IPA warned today.

IPA members' collective voice now carries 'further than ever'

IPA President Michiel Kolman told a seminar in London that Chinese publishing’s inclusion in the IPA had ‘marked an important expansion’, meaning that the IPA membership's 'collective voice today carries further and speaks for more publishers than ever before'.

What Works? attendance reaches new high 

The London Book Fair, which co-hosts the IPA’s annual What Works? educational publishing conference in association with the UK Publishers Association (PA), has revealed that the attendance at the 2017 edition was higher than ever before.

Leadership handover set to open new era for EPF

The Educational Publishers Forum (EPF) – an influential grouping of world K-12 textbook publishers mobilized by the International Publishers Association in 2009 – has elected a new Chair and Vice Chair, bringing fresh impetus to the group as it seeks to consolidate its impact on global textbook policy.


Winners of ABC's 2017 Excellence Award announced

The winners of the 2017 ABC International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing were announced in London this month. SAGE of the UK won in the publisher category, and Tiflonexos of Argentina won for its project initiative. 

Publisher and library bodies talk information challenges

The IPA has met with representatives of the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) in London for the first of this group’s biannual meetings for 2017. 

Publishers drop copyright suit against Delhi Uni photocopy shop

Three publishers locked in a legal battle with a photocopy shop situated inside the Delhi University campus announced on Thursday that they had decided to withdraw their lawsuit against the shop.
SOURCE: Huffington Post

UAE begins formation of first Arab RRO

Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan Al Qasimi has set in motion the establishment of the Arab world’s first reproductive rights organization, or RRO.
SOURCE: Publishing Perspectives

A scholarly sting operation shines a light on ‘predatory’ journals

The applicant’s nom de plume was not exactly subtle, if you know Polish. The middle initial and surname of the author, Anna O. Szust, mean “fraudster.” Her publications were fake and her degrees were fake. 
SOURCE: New York Times
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.

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