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On July 6th, the Nigerian government announced that it had presented a new bill, The Copyright (Repeal) Bill, to the country’s National Assembly for approval. The proposed legislation, which represents the first significant reform of Nigeria’s copyright system in decades, is intended to strengthen authorities’ capacity to respond to the copyright challenges the country is facing.

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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.  

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IPA Secretary General, José Borghino, spoke recently on a panel called Creating a Living: Exceptions & Limitations to Copyright Balanced by Licensing’, which was organised by the International Authors Forum (IAF). He explained that publishers work closely with authors to leverage and exploit the exclusive rights they have in their written works. These rights were first compiled through the Berne Copyright Convention of 1886, which also included some exceptions and limitations to those rights. If those exceptions and limitations expand and multiply without preserving or nurturing the exclusive rights at the core of the system, then major imbalances arise.

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On 14 May the French Publishers Association (SNE) welcomed the judgement of the 15th Chamber of Appeal of the Nanterre Judicial Court, in their case against the now closed website Team Alexandriz. The Court convicted 9 of the 12 defendants for infringement, retaining the aggravating circumstance of being an organized group.

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Important copyright developments happened in three different areas in Canada this month – a consultation, a site-blocking case, and a hearing in the Access Copyright vs York University case.

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