Online piracy is a massive challenge for all economies which depend on their creative industries, hurting publishers' and authors’ income, employees’ jobs and governments’ tax revenues. In the UK, a new, dedicated police unit is tackling online IP crime with impressive results. The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) is targeting websites which are actively engaged in copyright violation, disrupting pirates' businesses and cutting off their revenue streams.
The IPA spoke to Andy Fyfe, Head of PIPCU, about the unit's work. You can read our interview with him here.
The Federación de Gremios de Editores de España (Spanish publishers association) has undertaken a survey into the country’s publishing market, surveying over 300 publishing firms in order to build a comprehensive report which tracks publisher revenues, average book price, best-performing genres, share of digital and much more. The IPA has produced an English-language adaptation of the full study which you can read here. The original Spanish-language report is available from the FGEE website.
Our colleagues at the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) and the Association nationale des éditeurs de livres (ANEL) have produced a comprehensive report on market conditions for publishing in Canada. With details of best-performing genres, digital's share of sales, new copyright concerns and the impact of slef-publishing, it's recommended reading for anyone interested in the country's book sector.
You can read the report here.
Legal deposit schemes, which require publishers to submit copies of books and journals to a national library, is considered a vital part in preserving a country’s cultural heritage. While national approaches to legal deposit developed over centuries, the digital age has meant that countries suddenly need to adapt legal deposit schemes so that they work securely and effectively for electronic publications.
A new IPA report reveals how policies and processes are being developed and implemented which allow digital content, whether in the form of e-books, journals, blogs or website content, to be collected and archived. It contains in-depth analysis of schemes in Germany, the Netherlands, the UK, France and Italy, as well as details from Japan, China, Brazil, the United States, Australia and Canada.
The report is available here.
The IPA interviewed pioneering comic-book publisher Patrick Pinchart about crowdfunding models for publishing. His publishing house, Sandawe, has already produced twenty titles through a participatory financing model, and they are poised to expand the scheme. We learnt how the Sandawe model works, what it means for ther role of publisher, and the impact on authors and readers.
Until recently, publishers have been wary of allowing libraries to lend e-books, concerned about the effect on sales. Now, innovative approaches are emerging which give publishers control over pricing and lending terms, making e-book lending an attractive value proposition. A new IPA special report, Innovation in E-book Lending, assesses a number of the most promising schemes in the United States, Europe and Brazil.
You can access the report here.