Report from the 31st meeting of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, IPA statement on Consumption Tax rate changes in Japan, IPA submission to the Australian government on copyright reform, latest news on accessible books
December 2015
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Report on the 31st WIPO SCCR debates exceptions and limitations to copyright

IPA's position on the planned changes to the Japanese Consumption Tax (JCT)


IPA's submission on copyright reform in Australia

Welcome to the December 2015 newsletter

In this issue, we report on the recent 31st meeting of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights and IPA's interventions, we share two IPA's submissions - one to the Japanese authorities on JCT and the other to the Australian Productivity Commission inquiry into copyright reform - and finally we share news from the IPA community on accessible books.

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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 to 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.


WIPO debates copyright exceptions for education, libraries and archives, as well as a new international broadcasting treaty

Read the report by IPA Legal Adviser Carlo Scollo Lavizzari on the 31st meeting of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) held on 7-11 2015 December in Geneva.


IPA submission to the Australian Productivity Commission on copyright reform

In support of our member, the Australian Publishers Association (APA), the IPA recently made an extensive submission to the Australian government’s inquiry into ‘Australia’s Intellectual Property Arrangements’. 

Read the article here.


Consumption Tax (JCT) rates going up in Japan

After 1 April 2017 (not an April Fools’ joke), the overall Japanese Consumption Tax rate will rise to 10%. The plan is to maintain the consumption tax on food and home delivery of newspapers at 8%, while books, magazines and newspapers purchased at newsstands and their e-versions will be taxed at 10%. The Japanese Government is currently investigating the possibility of applying the reduced tax rate for books and magazines. Our Japanese member, the Japanese Book Publishers Association asked us to make a submission — read the IPA’s position on this issue here.


IPA EPF creates a new chapter: EPF-Americas

At a recent meeting of education publishers at the Guadalajara International Book Fair, Mexico, it was agreed that the IPA should create an Education Publishers Forum-Americas.

For more details read the article.


Latest news on accessibility

•    The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) — which includes the IPA, WBU, WIPO, IFLA, and other organisations that aim to increase the number of books in accessible formats — is now inviting nominations for the International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing. This Award recognizes outstanding leadership and achievements in advancing accessibility of commercial e-books or other digital publications for persons who are print disbled. It will be presented at a ceremony on the opening night of the London Book Fair on 12 April 2016, during the IPA Congress. Read the conditions for the ABC nominations here and submit your nomination by 16 January 2016 here.

•    The online LIA (Libri Italiani Accessibili) catalogue, launched in June 2013, offers more than 11,000 accessible fiction and non-fiction e-books for sale, produced by 68 publishers representing about 80% of the Italian book market. The catalogue has been growing by more than 400 new books every month, with accessible titles mirroring those released into the mainstream market. 

Fondazione LIA, which produces the catalogue, acts to create awareness about accessibility in book publishing at national and international levels, involving all the actors in the digital book value chain (authors, publishers, e-distributors and aggregators, retailers, bibliographic agencies, device producers, software developers, e-lending platforms, libraries, readers). Read more here.

•    HarperCollins and RNIB join forces to making talking books freely available in the UK

RNIB recently made two announcements: 1) it will make its Talking Books service free to those with sight loss and 2) HarperCollins will make all its titles freely available as talking books for the visually impaired through the RNIB library at the same time as they go on sale in print. HarperCollins thus becomes the first big publisher to commit to simultaneous publication, and RNIB hopes that others will follow suit. RNIB broke the news at an event celebrating 80 years of RNIB Talking Books, which featured a drinks reception, exhibition and live recording of Agatha Christie’s The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, one of the first five original talking books, at the British Library.

RNIB’s Talking Books Service started in 1935, prompting one blind solder to call for a monument three times the size of Nelson’s Column in honour of the person who came up with the idea. Today, 23,000 titles are available, talking books have notched up 80 million library loans and the technology involved has changed radically. The first talking books were sent out as gramophone records where now they’re available on USB sticks and as digital downloads via RNIB Overdrive. Readers can skip through chapters, alter playback speed and download their books to smartphones or tablets with no specialist equipment required.

•    Dan Duncan (formerly of McGraw Hill) has joined AAP, and will lead on accessibility matters. Ed McCoyd, who formerly had this role, has now moved to a new role at McGraw Hill

Follow @ABCbooks4all on twitter for accessible publishing news in English, French, and Spanish.


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