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PA Bulletin 20th June 2011



PA News and Events

CEO Update
The PA has made a submission to the IPO officials compiling the government's response to the Hargreaves review. Whilst giving a broad welcome to the majority of proposals, we have made the case that the proposed new exception for text and data mining is an "unnecessarily blunt" instrument and that the current permissions and licensing system operates effectively.  At various meetings with Hargreaves himself and the IPO we have been conveying the same message. Meanwhile, detailed conversations on legal deposit, accessibility and out of commerce works continue in Whitehall, Brussels and Geneva.

Consultations on the Draft Defamation Bill
The PA put submissions into the Parliamentary Joint Committee on the Draft Defamation Bill, as well as the Ministry of Justice’s formal consultation.  Both highlighted our support for the reforms recommended, as well as the impact which current defamation law has on publishers’ businesses.  We expect that the Draft Bill, with any amendments necessary after the consultation process, will go before Parliament in Spring 2012 to be enacted.

Labour Party Creative Industries Policy Review
We contributed a submission to the Labour Party review of its policy on the creative industries, highlighting the economic advantages which the publishing industry brings to the UK, the importance of literacy to the UK’s future and the opportunities for future growth in employment and economic output from our sector.  The PA has also had the chance to put these points directly to the DCMS Shadow Secretary of State, Ivan Lewis and his BIS counterpart, Ian Lucas, in a series of roundtables with other creative industries bodies and a meeting in Parliament.

PA attendance at IP All Party Group event
The PA attended a Question-Time style event entitled ‘Does the law of the land apply online?’, chaired by John Whittingdale MP at Westminster. Keiron Sharp, the Director-General of the Federation Against Copyright Theft, and Andy Baker, Deputy Director of the Serious Organised Crime Agency, made insightful comments on the importance of resources and funding to tackle IP crime.

Out of Commerce meeting
The PA’s Copyright Counsel Hugh Jones has been attending a series of meetings to construct a Memorandum of Understanding on Out of Commerce works in line with library and rightsholder representatives. Much of the text has been agreed, and the next meeting will take place in July to start finalising the MOU. For more details see the latest PA News here.

Publishers Launch, A Global Perspective on Digital Change, 21st June

Publishers Launch Conferences presents a full-day conference on the digital evolution of publishing. The UK ebook market is taking off, but the development of the world’s ebook infrastructure has been dictated by a set of powerful US companies with global ambitions, Publishers Launch London will examine both the opportunities and challenges for UK publishers at home and in markets worldwide. To find out more click here.

PA Guide to Export
The PA is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of the second edition of its immensely popular PA Guide to Export. To find out moreclick here.

EPC AGM, Old Sessions House, 5th July
All PA members are very welcome to attend the Educational Publishers Council AGM, being held at The Old Sessions House, EC1, from 10.45 am.  The AGM gives a chance to hear about EPC’s work over the last year and plans for the year ahead, and to ask questions. For further information please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

New Consultant Affiliate
Chase Templeton Ltd work with associations, societies and federations across the UK, offering their members discounts and offers for private medical insurance, critical illness cover, life cover and income protection.

Book Fairs

HKTDC Hong Kong Book Fair, 20th – 26th July 2011
HKTDC are offering to provide selected overseas professional buyers a free admission badge to visit the Fair, a maximum of 4-night complimentary accommodation at the designated hotel as well as Business Matching Service at the exclusive “Copyright Exchange Lounge”. Find out more here.

PA Collective Stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair
The PA is organising a collective stand at this year's Frankfurt Book Fair for companies who want to exhibit but do not want to take their own stand. Find out more here.

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Travelling Exhibition of Academic/STM Books from the USA & UK
We are pleased to announce the first annual Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Travelling Exhibition, a collaboration between the Combined Book Exhibit, The Publishers Association, Jarrous for Events and Fairs (Lebanon) and the Al Rushd Group (Saudi Arabia). The purpose of this exhibition will be to showcase the latest in academic and STM books to librarians, professors and administrators from all the local universities in these cities. Find out more here.

General News and Events Roundup

Issue 12 of the Publisher Accessibility Newsletter now available. 
This is produced quarterly by industry trade bodies and licensing/standards organisations under the umbrella of the ‘Accessibility Action Group’. You can find the newsletter here.

5th Bloomsbury Conference on Social Media & the Academy, 30th June – 1st July
How is social media being used by scholars in their research work flow?  Are the possibilities represented by social media wildly exaggerated?  There is a discount for PA members. For the programme and registration, click here.