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High Court Win for Publishers Against Copyright Infringement
On May 26th 2015, the High Court granted a blocking order against the main UK ISPs under s.97 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. The order applies to 7 websites which have been found to contain substantial amounts of infringing content. Within 10 working days; BT, Virgin Media, Sky, Talk Talk and EE will be required to block customer access to these sites. Commenting on the High Court win Commenting, Richard Mollet, Chief Executive of The PA, said “A third of publisher revenues now come from digital sales but unfortunately this rise in the digital market has brought with it a growth in online infringement. Our members need to be able to protect their authors’ works from such illegal activity; writers need to be paid and publishers need to be able to continue to innovate and invest in new talent and material. We are very pleased that the High Court has granted this order and, in doing so, recognises the damage being inflicted on UK publishers and authors by these infringing websites.” For the full press release please click here here. Coverage of the case is available in the Financial Time and on BBC News.
May Issue of Aid Projects Alert Now Available
The May issue of Aid Projects Alert is now available. This month’s issue includes 12 new projects, 5 loan approvals and 3 tenders. These alerts provide PA members with regular news on new projects which had been added to the Aid Information Digest, as well as updates on existing projects and on multilateral and bi-lateral donor agencies. Members will need to login by using your company username and password to see the links. To access the alerts please click here
PA Conference & AGM 2015
This year’s PA Conference & AGM on 7th May outlined activity in four areas of challenge - perception, recruitment, infringement and politics - and welcomed Joanna Prior, Managing Director, Penguin General Books as PA President for the coming year. In a panel discussion, PA Director of Policy & Communication Susie Winter outlined the work of the PA’s Communications Task Force as they build a positive narrative, repurpose existing PA activity and create industry ambassadors; and PA Director of Publisher Relations Emma House showed how the PA’s Recruitment Task Force is addressing the two main recruitment gaps of graduates with non-traditional subject backgrounds and those from diverse backgrounds. Also in panel discussion, PA Director of Operations Mark Wharton flagged the work of the newly revamped Copyright Infringement Portal and upcoming infringing site action; and PA CEO Richard Mollet mulled the clear Conservative majority in the general election the week before, welcoming the continuity offered by familiar figures. During the AGM Peter Phillips (CUP) was elected as a new Council Member in place of Nigel Portwood (OUP), Stephen Barr (Sage) was installed as new Vice-President, and Joanna Prior warmly thanked Executive Director of Change Programmes, Macmillan Science and Education Dominic Knight, from whom she took over as PA President, for his contribution over the preceding year.
Lorraine Estelle moves from Jisc Collections to COUNTER
Lorraine Estelle has been appointed as the new Project Director for COUNTER, succeeding Peter Shepherd who will be retiring this summer. Lorraine worked for Jisc (The UK Joint Information Systems Committee) from 2002, and was Chief Executive of Jisc Collections from 2006 to 2015, working with publishers and librarians on national procurement and licensing activities. Of particular relevance to COUNTER is her role in setting up the UK Journal Usage Statistics Portal (JUSP), which provides a one stop shop for the management by UK academic libraries of COUNTER usage statistics.
Call for Entries: British Book design and production Awards 2015
The British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), Oxford Brookes University, The Publishers Association and The Bookseller are calling for entries to the British Book Design and Production Awards 2015. These are the only industry awards to promote and acknowledge the excellence and craftsmanship of the British book design and production industry. All books published between 1st July 2014 and 30th June 2015 are eligible for entry in this year’s awards. There are 17 categories including; literature, digital, limited edition, educational, children’s, trade, self-publishing and interactive multimedia. There is also a category for aspiring students to enter their work, with the chance to win a cheque for £500 as well as a short internship with a leading designer, publisher or printer. The deadline for entries is Tuesday 30th June 2015. The awards will be presented at a dazzling ceremony on 26th November 2015 at the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel in London. For further details on the awards please go towww.britishbookawards.org or contact Heena Bulsara at the BPIF on 0207 915 8338 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Publishing Trade Mission to Brazil UKTI Grants
The PA and UKTI Brazil are inviting publishers to attend a publishing trade mission to Brazil to coincide with the Rio de Janeiro biennial book fair. The trade mission will visit Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo from 30th August – 6th September 2015 and will encompass a variety of arranged activity as well as free time for individual meetings. There are 8 UKTI Grants of £800 available to go towards the cost of flights and accommodation. To qualify for a grant, delegates must be able to demonstrate that they are planning to do business in Brazil (selling rights and export business.) The grants are initially open to PA members only but applications may be extended to non-PA members if grants remain available. The deadline for grant applications is June 5th. Non PA Members may also express interest for the grant within this period. For more information please click here.
CCBF Scholarship Programme
In preparation for its third edition, CCBF is pleased to invite you to apply for CCBF’s fellowship exchange programme –Shanghai Visiting International Publishers project (Shanghai VIP) – which will take place in Shanghai from 10 to 14 November 2015.Based on the conviction that mutual knowledge is the key to fruitful business and productive cultural exchange, Shanghai VIP is
a five-day fellowship programme that offers a small group of children’s book specialists the opportunity to gain detailed insight into China’s publishing landscape and visit CCBF 2015 from an exclusive perspective. Applications are open to; publishers, editors, foreign rights people, literary agents and other specialists in children’s literature with a strong interest in the Chinese market. A special consideration is given to publishers’ and editors’ applications but we like diversity in the group, so don’t hesitate to give it a try! To apply for the Shanghai VIP programme, go to CCBF’s official website to download the Shanghai VIP application form and return it to the following email address: email@example.com (together with your CV, a picture of yourself and a logo of your company). The application period is open from 20 April to 30 June 2015.
Update: PLS Terms and Conditions
The Publishers Licensing Society, who are owned and directed by the PA, are currently in the process of updating their terms and conditions (“Mandate”, or now referred to as the Publisher Account), with all publishers signed up with them. The terms and conditions governing PLS’ current agreement with publishers have been in place for ten years, and over that period there have been a number of changes which need to be reflected to ensure publishers get the most out of collective licensing.
If you are signed up with PLS, you will have been contacted in writing, with a pack detailing all the information you need to know about the changes. You will also be asked to complete a form to agree to the new Terms and Conditions. If you have any questions, please contact the team at PLS on 020 7079 5930 or on email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellcome Open Access Images
Wellcome Images is one of the world's richest and most unique collections, with themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science. This breadth of beautiful imagery is available digitally on the website. Open access images are generally denoted by the letter prefix L,M & V.Images within categories L, M & V all fall under the creative commons licence and so all of the many 1000’s of beautiful images within these subject areas may be used free of charge by anyone – both commercially and academically. The images can be taken at high resolution directly from the website and credit to the Wellcome Library is required as part of the conditions of use in this way.
The Helen Fraser Publishing Fellowship
Penguin Random House, the world’s largest publishing company is delighted to offer its diversity traineeship for 2015. The Fellowship was set up to honour the work that Helen Fraser, former MD of Penguin Books, did to address diversity within publishing. It aims to identify, encourage and train editorial talent within Britain’s ethnic minority communities with the aim of setting someone up for success for a long-term career in publishing. The Fellowship will start on 1st September and is a 6-month paid editorial traineeship with Hamish Hamilton, one of Penguin Random House’s literary imprints, home to world-renowned and prestigious authors such as Zadie Smith, Jonathan Safran Foer and Dave Eggers. For more information please visit the website. The application deadline is June 1st at 11pm.
Pearson and the Financial Times Policy Breakfast - Post Election Special, 11 May 2015
There was standing room only at Pearson’s latest policy breakfast with speakers Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), John McDermott, FT columnist and former no. 10 policy advisor, Jonathan Simons, Head of Education at the Policy Exchange, Steve Besley, Head of UK Education Policy at Pearson and Laura McInerney, former Teach First teacher and now editor ofSchools Week and a Guardian columnist. Key issues that the new Conservative government faces were identified as the lack of pupil places, especially coupled with the declining supply of teachers; reconciliation of the spending cuts with education’s need to deliver; a lack of skills training for young people; and assessment/accountability (life after levels is still felt to be unclear.) Overall no major government papers or new vision are expected. Taylor called the education content of the Conservative’s manifesto ‘lightweight and deeply incoherent’.
Selling Rights Short Course, 4th – 5th June
This new two-day course is aimed at staff handling rights for literary agencies and publishing houses. It will cover the rationale for selling rights as well as the practicalities – checking control of the rights and maintaining an accurate database of submissions and sales, as well as key activities such as researching particular markets, identifying potential licensees and building personal contacts at book fairs and on sales trips.
The course will address a range of different rights categories, from English language deals in the UK and abroad, translation rights, serial rights to newspapers and magazines as well as non-print rights such as radio and audio rights, film and television rights and merchandising. It will cover the rationale for co-edition versus licence deals, and offer practical advice on how to achieve the best deal and finalise appropriate licence contracts. The final session will cover electronic publishing and will aim to distinguish between arrangements which are sales channels to market, and those which are true electronic licensing deals. For more information please visit the website.
£399 including lunches and refreshments
Please contact Ian Evans for booking: email@example.com , attaching a completed application form. (The schedule for both days will be available shortly).
Talent Bank – Internships, Part-Time and Graduate Opportunities
Talent Bank is a targeted shortlisting service to help you source good quality UCL candidates efficiently. This service is particularly designed for SMEs and not for ongoing recruitment for larger organisations - click here for more information. The Talent Bank will market your opportunity to relevant current UCL students, postgraduate researchers and UCL Gradclub members, making clear your selection criteria and will then match candidate applications to your role and send you a shortlist of applicants.Currently, UCL is particularly interested in hearing from you if you have vacancies for postgraduate research students. They would like to identify opportunities for students from the following sectors: Management Consultancy, Marketing, Media, Arts, NGOs and Policy To get in touch about this service please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PA AFFILIATED EVENTS
London Digital Book Printing Forum, June 25th 2015
Organised annually by INTERQUEST since 2010, the London Digital Book Publishing Printing Forum provides an update on key trends on the book market, the evolution of the supply chain and book manufacturing, as well as the status and inroads of digital printing. The event will take place from 9:00 – 17:00 on June 25th at The Royal Society. Speakers include Gilles Biscos (Founder and President of INTERQUEST) John Conley (Vice President of Publishing and Commercial Print at Xerox) and Simon Crump (Head of Production Supply Chain at CUP). The programme for the event are available here and for more details and registration please visit the website.
PLS Introduction to Collective Licensing Sessions for Publishers 2015
The Publishers Licensing Society (PLS) has revamped its introductory sessions for publishers on collective licensing this year, now targeting them at specific sectors. They are aimed at both PLS-registered publishers and those thinking of signing up, and are free. Sessions for all publishers will be held on 18 June (Russell Square, London) and 19 November (Birmingham), for trade publishers on 8 July (Russell Square), for newly-signed up publishers on 28 October (Chancery Lane) and for STM and academic publishers on 16 December (Chancery Lane) – click throughto book.
PLS Annual Open Meeting, 1st July 2015
This event will be held at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly on Wednesday 1 July from 2pm for a 2.30pm start, ending with a drinks reception from 5.30pm. The keynote speaker will be Dr Ros Lynch, Copyright & IP Enforcement Director at the Intellectual Property Office. Breakout sessions will look at your new PLSe account; future licensing solutions from CLA; and whether publishers’ permissions licensing practices are fit for purpose in the digital age. Visit http://bit.ly/1IJ7Rdy to reserve a place.
Great Week: The World in One Place, 7th – 11th September 2015
The Grown in Britain Great Week will be taking place in Milan from 7th – 11th September 2015. The event, which coincides with the World Expo, is a trade mission from the UK for the creative industries sector. The week’s tailored business programme provides the tools and knowledge for businesses to seize opportunities for expansion overseas. Activities include a one-day thought leadership conference, a VIP networking reception, market briefings, one-to-one buyer meetings and a one day visit to the Expo 2015 and the UK Pavilion. The event is open to companies in the creative industries and education sectors whose product or service focuses on children/young people, event management and production companies, designers and architects in the supply chain of major world events.
Participation fee: £336 (+VAT)
To find out more, visit the website; email: email@example.com or call:
+44 (0) 207 034 3266
ALPSP Conference and Awards, 9th-11th September 2015
Join us for our flagship annual event, where expert speakers will offer a range of viewpoints to provoke debate and discussion on the key industry issues in today’s market, as well as in the future. Early bird discount if you book by 19 June. Submissions are also now being accepted for the 2015 ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing. So, if you have a new project, journal, tool or service that deserves recognition make sure you send your application in by 12 June. FULL DETAILS
SAVE THE DATE: The Booksellers Association Conference and Gardners Tradeshow 2015
Sunday 20th – Monday 21st September, Warwick University: The Conference programme and registration details will be published soon. For more information including sponsorship opportunities at the BA Conference contactNaomi.firstname.lastname@example.org and visit the website.
Guadalajara International Book Fair, 28th November – 6th December 2015
The UK will be Guest of Honour at this year’s Guadalajara International Book Fair, as part of the 2015 UK/Mexico Year of Culture. This huge project is being overseen by the British Council in partnership with The Publishers Association and UK Trade & Investment. The centrepiece of the book fair will be a 1,705 sqm two story UK pavilion which will include a publishers’ exhibition/meeting area, a bookshop and an auditorium, and will invite visitors to “Discover the UK”. Thirty authors will take part in the literary, Fil Niños and academic programmes and on each of the nine nights, Fil Forum outside the hall, will host a different performance; from indie popular to classical music, theatre and dance. In and around Guadalajara there will be two contemporary visual arts exhibitions and a festival of recent UK films. For more information about the stand and how to apply for UKTI funding for this fair, please clickhere.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
INTERNATIONAL BOOK EVENTS
BookExpo America 27th – 29th May 2015
Beijing International Book Fair 26th – 30th Aug 2015
Frankfurt Book Fair 14th – 18th Oct 2015
China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair 13th – 15th Nov 2015
Guadalaraja International Book Fair 28th Nov– 6th Dec 2015
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