On 14 September the European Commission laid out its proposal to modernize copyright rules in the EU, with the aim of enabling ‘European culture to flourish and circulate’. The IPA’s Brussels-based sister body, the Federation of European Publishers (FEP), was quick to respond, observing that while the document makes an earnest attempt to address some important issues, it does not hold all the answers.

In June 2016, the IPA made two significant international interventions, in Australia and Uruguay, to ensure the voice of publishers is heard as lawmakers try to make sense of proposals to change their national copyright laws.

In 1985, Professor Michael Fraser entered the complex world of copyright by accident. Having casually responded to a job ad in the Sydney Morning Herald (and having got the job as 'the only applicant wearing a tie'), the young Michael Fraser's career began with a three-week investigation into the growing problem of photocopying, for the Australian Copyright Council.

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