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IPA Congress calls for promotion and defence of publishing

26 March 2015

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Calls for copyright protection, improved book policies and protection of freedom of expression.

The 30th International Publishers Congress has concluded in Bangkok. Three hundred delegates from thirty eight countries attended three days of discussions around publishing's future. Speaking at the closing ceremony, IPA Secretary General Jens Bammel announced the following Congress resolutions:

We call on all governments to put national book policy programmes in place that ensure the development of local publishing markets and reading culture.

We call on UNESCO to update its definition of a book to include ebooks. A book, in whatever format, is a book.

We call on all governments, including Thailand, to ensure that authors and publishers have the freedom to express criticism of political, royal and religious authority, expose wrong doing, accompany public debate, and to hold people in public office accountable without interference and without fear.

We call on governments to ensure that copyright laws continue to give authors and publishers a fair reward.

We call for the adoption of the WIPO Marrakech Treaty. There is no need for further regulation of copyright exceptions in international copyright law. 

We call on governments, search engines, Internet service providers and other stakeholders to collaborate in joint initiatives to educate the public about the value of copyright.

We call on governments to stimulate an independent and competitive educational market.Governments must work with publishers and technology providers to manage the digital transition.

Note to editors:

The International Publishers Association is the international federation of national publishers associations, representing all aspects of book and journal publishing from around the world. IPA is an industry association with a human rights mandate. It fights against censorship and promotes copyright, literacy and freedom to publish, around the world.
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