Gurry, Pallante, Clement To Speak at International Publishers Association Congress

In News by Porter Anderson

At the IPA congress in India this year, AAP chief Maria Pallante and WIPO director Francis Gurry will speak about the future of intellectual property.

Francis Gurry. Image: WIPO, Emmanuel Berrod

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

‘What’s Around the Corner’

the International Association of Publishers (IPA) has announced its first speakers for its biennial conference in February.

Francis Gurry, director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Maria Pallante, formerly the 12th Register of Copyrights of the United States and, since January, president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) will appear together in a special session titled “Shaping the Future of IP in Publishing.”

The 32nd congress of the IPA is to be held February 10-14 in New Delhi and much of its program still is under development.

In a prepared statement, IPA president, Michiel Kolman, is quoted, saying, ‘We’re extremely fortunate to have the top representatives from WIPO and the AAP with Francis Gurry and Maria Pallante.

“Dr Gurry’s voice is crucial, since so much of the future of copyright is decided at WIPO in Geneva.

Maria Pallante

“And Maria Pallante, with her vast experience of the American copyright landscape, will also help publishers to understand what’s around the corner and what the implications are for their business models.”

According to information from IPA, the session with Pallante and Gurry is to be part of the first day of the congress, February 11, and as many as 500 representatives of the international and Indian publishing world are anticipated to be in attendance.

Jennifer Clement

In addition to the news of Gurry and Pallante’s participation, Jennifer Clement, president of PEN International, has also been announced as a speaker. She’s expected on the second day of the conference to deliver a keynote that opens a sequence of sessions on the freedom to publish, a core issue and topic of the IPA.

Today (September 25) is the final day for nominations to the IPA’s Prix Voltaire, as Publishing Perspectives has reported.  The prize is in a particularly swift schedule of nominations and decisions this year so that its results are ready for the congress in India in February.

The New Delhi meetings are anticipated to focus on what information from Geneva describes as “many major issues for publishers, such as collective rights management, technology, children’s and STM publishing.

“And there are subjects never previously addressed at the Congress,” the IPA’s material continues, “such as publishers’ social responsibility and global solidarity.

“This will cover the links between publishing and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular SDG4, education, by looking at capacity-building for educational publishers in the global south and a broader discussion around globalization.”

Those interested in knowing more about the coming congress can find information here.

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Porter Anderson

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Porter Anderson has been named International Trade Press Journalist of the Year in London Book Fair's 2019 International Excellence Awards. He is Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a newsletter for trade and indie authors, which now is owned and operated by Jane Friedman. He formerly was Associate Editor for The FutureBook at London's The Bookseller. Anderson also has worked as a senior producer, editor, and anchor with CNN.com, CNN International, and CNN USA, and as an arts critic (National Critics Institute) with The Village Voice and Dallas Times Herald.