24 May 2012
Press Release London
Speaking at The Westminster Media Forum today, Richard Mollet, CEO of The Publishers Association, strongly criticised the tactics deployed by the range of opponents to copyright.
Mollet gave a speech entitled Future Perfect? The outlook for UK publishers, which addressed the role of the publishing in the light of digitalisation and growth of eBooks.He outlined the continued importance of publishers’ role in providing financial, creative and marketing support to authors; but added that publishers, through The PA, must also provide political support for copyright and campaign “to ensure the sustained right of authors and writers to earn a living from their work and not be told by those who wish to take it without paying that it is their fundamental right to do so.”
He hit out at the tactics of organisations such as the Open Right Group, internet intermediaries such as search engines and ISPs, research councils, the British Library, Consumer Focus, all of which to varying degrees are seeking to erode copyright. He went on to accuse lobby groups of:
“having the temerity to appropriate the language of freedom of expression as a cloak for tawdry theft”, and described it as “a grotesque attempt to draw moral equivalence between stealing someone’s work and the struggle for political representation.”
Mollet also criticised:
“the audacious hyperbole in depicting the consequences of implementing laws like the Digital Economy Act, where even the simple process of sending letters to subscribers has been criticised as disproportionate” and the “the casual disregard for accurate briefing, such as the opponents’ over ACTA where briefings have been riddled with “inaccuracies and falsehoods”.
He ended by calling for a more honest approach to copyright and the need for a recognition of the fundamental property rights of creators.
Notes to Editors
The Publishers Association
The Publishers Association is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. Membership is comprised of 117 companies from across the trade, academic and education sectors. Its core service is representation and lobbying, around copyright, rights and other matters relevant to members, who represent roughly 80% of the industry by turnover. www.publishers.org.uk
The Westminster Media Forum
Westminster Media Forum aims to provide the premier environment for
policymakers in Parliament, Whitehall and regulatory agencies to engage in
timely discussion on public policy relating to the media with key stakeholders.
These include media professionals, representatives of the organisations they
work in; their suppliers and advisors; interest groups and the voluntary
sector; and academics and commentators, along with members of the reporting
In planning its programme of events, the Forum consults Parliamentarians, senior departmental officials, regulators, industry representatives and major interest groups.
The Westminster Media Forum is completely impartial and has no policy agenda of its own. Whilst we are grateful for the support and advice on themes that we receive from sponsors, all editorial decisions remain with the Forum in order to maintain impartiality.
For more information please contact Kelly Signorelli-Chaplin, Head of Communications at The Publishers Association.
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