PA News and Events
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
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.
LAST CHANCE TO
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
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.
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.
Conference on Social Media & the Academy, 30th June – 1st
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.