Francis Gurry, WIPO, to boost stellar line-up of copyright speakers at International Publishers Congress, April 2016

Francis Gurry, WIPO, to boost stellar line-up of copyright speakers at International Publishers Congress, April 2016

Copyright in publishing will be a key theme at the Congress

London/Geneva, 1 February 2016: Francis Gurry, Director General of Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organisation, is confirmed to speak at the 31st International Publishers Congress in London in April 2016.

He will speak on a panel chaired by Paul Doda, Chair of the IPA Copyright Committee. The panel entitled “Global Trends in Copyright: Fair Use and Beyond” will also include renowned copyright lawyer Jon Baumgarten, retired partner of the Proskauer law firm and former General Counsel of the US Copyright Office.

Paul Doda said: “Copyright is the foundation of publishing and international cooperation is vital to any successful implementation. I am pleased to bring together the Director General of WIPO and a former General Counsel of the US Copyright Office to discuss the most pressing current issues, in what will no-doubt be a fascinating panel and discussion with an audience of senior international publishers.”

Francis Gurry is an Australian lawyer who has served as Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) since October 1, 2008. He holds law degrees from the University of Melbourne, a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge and is an honorary professor of, and holds honorary doctorates from, universities in a wide range of countries. He is the author of a number of publications, one of which has become a standard legal text in the UK and is published by Oxford University Press as Gurry on Breach of Confidence.

Jon Baumgarten is a renowned copyright law, litigation and policy lawyer who was appointed General Counsel of the United States Copyright Office in January 1976. Jon was a leading participant in the final formulation of the general revision of the U.S. Copyright Act and was responsible for the novel and comprehensive rulemakings and thorough overhaul of all Copyright Office regulations and practices required under the new law. Jon returned to private practice in 1980.

In addition to this panel, Richard Malka, a French lawyer specialising in media law who has been the lawyer for newspaper Charlie Hebdo since 1992, will give a presentation on “2015, the end of copyright – Taking for free is stealing”. Based on his essay which prompted the French Publishers Association to launch a communication campaign aiming at raising the awareness of the general public in France in September 2015.

The Congress runs from 9-12 April 2016 and will take place at The London Book Fair for the first time. Delegates will hear from international figures from the worlds of publishing, copyright and business from over 17 countries, alongside keynotes from influential authors Philip Pullman and Alaa Al-Aswany.

The Congress is organised by the International Publishers Association in partnership with the UK Publishers Association and The London Book Fair. The comprehensive programme will address the key policy and practical issues of the day for publishers.

The programme, strategically timed to coincide with The London Book Fair, ensures that delegates will not only benefit from the Congress but also a curated agenda throughout LBF.

Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) is the official Gold Sponsor and Nielsen is the official Sliver Sponsor for the 31st International Publishers Congress.

Programme for IPA Congress delegates:
• Saturday 9 April: Day 1: Networking reception
• Sunday 10 April: Day 2: Publishing Now: Creativity, Anti-Censorship, Commerce
• Monday 11 April: Day 3: Quantum: Publishing & So Much More
• Tuesday 12 April: Day 4: The London Book Fair, Research & Scholarly Publishing Forum, or What Works?: Education Publishing Conference

The International Publishers Congress delegates will also have a VIP experience of The London Book Fair as well as the opportunity to attend other seminar sessions, a cocktail reception in Britain’s flagship bookstore, a Gala Dinner and invites to cinema screenings and author events across London.

To find out how to attend and to view the full programme, please

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THE LONDON BOOK FAIR, OLYMPIA, LONDON: Tuesday 12 -Thursday 14 April 2016


The London Book Fair (LBF) is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. LBF brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. LBF 2016, the 45th Fair, will take place from Tuesday 12-Thursday 14 April 2016, Olympia London. LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for the third year, with the book fair as the pivotal three day event within a seven day programme. London Book and Screen Week will begin on Monday 11 April. For further information, please visit:


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.

THE INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION The federation of national, regional and specialist publishers’ associations with a membership comprising more than 60 organisations from over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Americas. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, IPA represents the interests of the publishing industry in international fora and wherever publishers’ interests are at stake. IPA was founded in 1896 in Paris by the leading publishers at the time. Its initial aim was to ensure that countries throughout the world showed respect for copyright, and properly implemented the (then) new international copyright treaty, the “Berne Convention for the protection of literary and artistic works”.

The promotion and defence of copyright is still one of IPA’s main objectives as is the fight to uphold the freedom to publish, a fundamental aspect of the human right to freedom of expression. Likewise, IPA stands for the promotion of literacy and reading, and has always been a meeting place for publishers to network, exchange views and conduct business. IPA is an accredited non-governmental organisation (NGO) with a human rights mandate enjoying consultative relations with the United Nations.

Sharjah Book Authority (SBA)

Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) is the official Gold Sponsor for the 31st International Publishers Congress. SBA was launched in 2014, through an Emiri decree by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.


Nielsen is a global market information and measurement company with market leading positions in consumer information, television and other media measurement, online intelligence and mobile measurement. Within the book industry it measures markets in ten countries: US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain, South Africa, India and Brazil; it uses information from across the company to provide digital insights for clients. Nielsen Book runs the ISBN Agency for UK & Ireland, provides a range of discovery and commerce services alongside its market measure and consumer research and has clients in over 100 countries.

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