A crucial part of IPA's mission is to inform member associations and the wider global publishing community about breaking developments which will impact publishers. We do this through a number of channels. the IPA website, our monthly e-newsletter, press releases and the IPA's dedicated social media feeds.

Former IPA President Youngsuk 'YS' Chi and current IPA Executive Committee member Trasvin Jittidecharak took part in a publishing panel at the first World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Conference on the Global Digital Content Market, which explored the impact of digital on the globalized creative industries, from 20 to 22 April.

The discussion, titled Publishing - The Codex in the Digital Age, studied the challenges and opportunities of digital, with YS making the case for the STM world, while Trasvin brought her perspective as a trade publisher in a developing country.

rsz wipo programme crop 2YS Chi told WIPO in an on-camera interview afterwards that publishers are adapting well to digital because they have understood the need to be “ambidextrous”, embracing their traditional role as content curators and disseminators on the one hand, while using digital to enhance their value to readers.

“If we are able to manage this ambidexterity, we will be able to be great intermediaries for the next coming decades and even centuries, between the creators - the authors, and the users - the readers,” he said.

Their co-panellists were John Makinson, Chairman of Penguin Random House, and Federico Polak, Dean of the Law Faculty of UMSA University, in Buenos Aires, and President of CADRA.


WIPO Director General Francis Gurry opened the discussions on 21 April, saying the
digital revolution has raised the stakes for creators as well as consumers, before handing the floor to Silicon Valley pioneer, Jaron Lanier, who delivered an inspiring keynote speech where he described creators as "canaries in the coal mine".

Over the two days of talks, the music, film, broadcasting and publishing industries all took centre stage in turn. In addition, the digital infrastructure needed to sustain a global digital content market and issues of policy, marketing and diplomacy were also comprehensively considered.

To coincide with the conference, IPA Secretary General, José Borghino, and Director of Communications & Freedom to Publish, Ben Steward, provided an article for the WIPO Magazine titled 'Publishing and the Digital Economy'.

This was a valuable opportunity to explain the IPA's positions on copyright, freedom to publish and innovation in the world's leading intellectual property debate forum. Read full article.

Submit to FacebookSubmit to TwitterSubmit to LinkedIn

Blog

Michiel Kolman
18 December 2019
Publishing industry
Diversity and Inclusion

IPA D&I envoy, Michiel Kolman interviews Elsevier’s Simon Holt and Springer Nature’s Kirsty Bone about their experiences of having a disability and working in the publishing industry. This is a long but fascinating read.

Hugo Setzer
07 November 2019
Publishing industry

October and the first days of November were again very busy, with visits to four different countries and three book fairs in the course of three weeks.

James Taylor
25 October 2019
Copyright
Publishing industry

SCCR 39 concluded this evening with an agreement found on how to keep the Exceptions and Limitations discussion moving forward and the other agenda items wrapped up and a possible new issue raised in the chamber.

James Taylor
24 October 2019
Copyright
Publishing industry

The second day of discussions on the broadcasting treaty were mainly conducted behind closed doors with the plenary chamber finally filling at 17:40 for a presentation of conclusions.

James Taylor
23 October 2019
Copyright
Publishing industry
Today’s discussions saw the focus shift from Exceptions and Limitations to the Broadcasting Treaty (and sadly not about all of the value generated by the copyright in an original work that migrates from being a book to a film, for example). The Excep...
James Taylor
22 October 2019
Copyright
Publishing industry
Educational Publishing

The first day closed with Dr Kenneth Crews waiting to be grilled by delegates and observers. He was given the opportunity this morning, but the highlights today were the side events and the ripples from some late-night messages to delegates.

James Taylor
21 October 2019
Copyright
Publishing industry
Educational Publishing
While the publishing industry was gathered in Frankfurt last week for the most important international book fair in the world, the action was already starting at WIPO in Geneva with an International Conference on Exceptions and Limitations on Friday ...
Ben Steward
01 October 2019
Freedom to publish
Book policy
Copyright
Literacy
Publishing industry

The second and final day of the IPA Regional Seminar in the Middle East was opened by Sharjah publisher Bodour Al Qasimi (Kalimat Group), who is (among other things) also the IPA Vice-President.

Press Releases campaign 2019

 

Press Releases campaign 2018

 

Newsletters campaigns 2019

 

Newsletters campaigns 2018

 

International Publishers Association

23, avenue de France
1202 Geneva, Switzerland
+41 22 704 18 20
info@internationalpublishers.org

Subscribe to our newsletter