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IPA will publish a series of publications around the licensing practices in a global digital market for education and research. This first chapter looks at the role of collective management oragnasiatoins in providing licensing solutions. Drafted by Olav Stokkmo, the former CEO of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO), it provides a detailed and worldwide look into the range of collective licensing options available. 

The International Publishers Association has commissioned a number of industry experts to bring together a report on the role of authors and publishers in educationan and research, focusing on the existing licensing practices in a global digital market. Ahead of the International Publishers Congress, being held in Lillehammer, Norway from 28-30 May, we will be publishing the different chapters giving a broader overview of licensing across the publishing landscape.

The first extract, focusing on the role of collective licensing was published on the occasion of the 2019 IFFRO World Congress, held in Edinburgh, Scotland from 4-7 November 2019. The second was published after a meeting of the Educational Publishers Forum and ahead of the Latin American Educational Publishers Forum in Guadalajara at the beginning of December 2019. 

The combined report will look at the impact of digital technology and current market developments which have given rise to a flurry of new business models, products and services. The report will look at the advantages and disadvantages of free and paid access as well as giving concrete examples from around the owrld of best practices. It provides an overview of the wide array of licensing practices available in the market from direct licensing, collective licensing and hybrid licensing options.

IPA is grateful for the valuable contributions from all those involved. A special thank you to the expert authors, the editors (Anne Leer and José Borghino), IPA members, IFRRO, CMOs, the members of the advisory board and, last but not least, to Kopinor for their expertise and financial support which has made this possible.

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IPA EPA Seminar Programme Crop

The two-day seminar organised in partnership between the International Publishers Association (IPA), Emirates Publishers Association (EPA) and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Education will bring publishers and the ministry together to look at how publishers can support the Ministry of Education’s vision of innovative education for a pioneering and global knowledge society.

Africa in Action Participants

40 African publishers’ associations gathered ahead of a two-day seminar in Nairobi as International Publishers Association signed Memoranda of Understanding with the African Publishers Network and the Association for the Development of Education in Africa to formalise the IPA’s commitment to the region.

Hugo Setzer and Gvantsa Jobava open Tbilisi International Book Fair 2019

A high-level IPA delegation, consisting of President Hugo Setzer, Secretary General José Borghino and the Chair of the Educational Publishers Forum (EPF), Wilmar Diepgrond, visited Tbilisi, Georgia, from 29 May to 2 June, to attend the Tbilisi International Book Fair, among other activities.

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