On 7 June, IPA held a webinar under the theme “Protecting the book market: strategies, challenges & best practices on copyright enforcement”. A panel of expert publishers and law enforcement officers shared their experience about the challenges brought by online piracy and the importance of appropriate legal frameworks to support copyright owners and authorities in tackling infringement, an essential activity to maintain a sustainable and vibrant book market.
Daniel Novack shared his experience on copyright enforcement as Senior Counsel at Penguin Random House, where he supervises the company’s anti-piracy efforts. His presentation focused on the issues that are most important for the publishing industry regarding copyright enforcement, in particular in the online context, where he underlined the complexities of enforcing copyrights at a global scale.
Obi Ezeilo, Director of Enforcement Operations of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), spoke about the recent anti-piracy operations in Nigeria, that led to the apprehension of thousands of pirated copies of books. He also spoke about NCC's work to promote a copyright law review in Nigeria, announced a few years ago to bring Nigerian law up to speed on online enforcement, a much-needed reform to support NCC’s enforcement operations to be extended to the digital context.
Weizmann Jacobs shared insights about his day-to-day work as Detective Constable for Disruption & Cyber Investigations at the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU, UK). He mentioned the importance of raising awareness and educating the public about the dangers of illegal websites. He also presented PIPCU's international collaborations with other enforcement authorities.
IPA would like to thanks the speakers, the Chair of IPA's Copyright Committee Jessica Sanger for the moderation, and our members and colleagues who were numerous in attending our event.
You can watch the webinar on the BBPlus Forging Forward on demand page here until 31 July. We will then add the webinar here.
Stay tuned for IPA's future online events on copyright.