Newly appointed Secretary General of the International Publishers Association, José Borghino, committed the IPA to continue to ‘work closely and constructively with the World Intellectual Property Organisation and its Member States to find suitable and practical solutions to the issues on its agenda.’

‘Publishers around the world are concerned about the threat of a further broadening of exceptions to copyright. They feel that another treaty which restricts and undermines their business models is in no-one’s interest, especially in developing countries which should be strengthening their copyright regimes and investing in their local creators and publishers,’ Borghino said.

He was speaking on the opening day of the 55th General Assemblies of WIPO in Geneva, where WIPO Director General, Francis Gurry, spoke of the rising ‘demand for intellectual property, as knowledge, technology and creative works move to the centre of the contemporary economy and as governments respond by orienting economic strategies to innovation and creativity.’

‘The knowledge economy of the future is predicated upon a healthy education sector that is fuelled by high-quality, effective educational resources and the best way to produce those resources is with an open and competitive market, producing innovative solutions that meet local needs,’ Borghino said.


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