Piracy, the unauthorized use of copyrighted works, is a serious issue for publishers. Book piracy, whether in print or digital form, is costing publishers around the world billions of dollars annually. It creates significant harmful effects throughout the book chain, hurting publishers, distributors and retailers, but also authors and readers.
In the digital age, electronic files can be created and spread widely within short time periods. Sharing illegal copies for free online means publishers lose out on sales and authors lose out on royalties. It also leads to a decline in the perceived value of a book.
To reduce the level of piracy affecting our industry, IPA engages in a wide range of awareness-raising and training programmes. We provide assistance to our members in identifying ways to tackle specific cases of copyright infringement, and we act as a platform for information. IPA regularly raises the topic of piracy with key officials at international organisations, including WTO and WIPO. We also work in co-operation with law enforcement agencies and with partners in other creative industries. The IPA helps member associations lobby for effective national anti-piracy laws.
With new technologies emerging, the piracy problem will continue to evolve. The IPA plays a leading role in raising awareness of piracy problems and coordinating effective publisher responses.
For assistance on specific matters, please the IPA Secretariat