Access for the Visually Impaired: Canada’s Accession Places Marrakesh Treaty in Force

Initially signed by 75 nations three years ago, the Marrakesh Treaty ‘to cure the book famine’ for visually impaired readers will come into force September 30: its requisite 20 ratifications now are in place. Read More

European Research Libraries Say ‘Neighboring Rights’ Oppose Open Science

Declaring that ‘the current copyright framework is unfit for the digital age,’ the chief of Europe’s research libraries speaks out against “neighboring rights’—related rights—for publishers. Read More

Update From Down Under: A Few Words With Australia's Andrea Hanke

With a federal election looming on July 2, the Australian creative industries, including publishing, are roiled by the Productivity Commission’s draft report on intellectual property, with copyright terms, fair use, and parallel import restrictions in debate. Read More

When Copyright Protections Are Weakened: Canada’s Warning for Australia

As Australia reviews the country’s IP arrangements, Copyright Clearance Center’s Roy Kaufman says Canberra needs to heed Ottawa’s warning. Porter Anderson at Publishing Perspectives. Read More

The IPA London Congress: Confrontation and Debate

Dichotomies of local and global, major and modest, resonated throughout the International Publishers Association’s 31st Congress, convened in the run-up to London Book Fair. Read More

European Commission Consultation on ‘the Role of Publishers in the Copyright Value Chain’

The input of publishers, authors, librarians, researchers and more is sought in the European Commission’s period of public commentary open to June 15. Read More

Writing on the Ether | JaneFriedman.com

It’s springtime for Amazon, and there’s more than one evolving new slant on the massive retailer in play at the moment. Between the monkey chatter and the growls of slow-moving traditionalists, hear it? A skip in the usual drumbeats. A new syncopation in the publishing jungle. Read More

Writing on the Ether | JaneFriedman.com

In a week of sometimes rancorous debate about the actions of the U.S. Department of Justice and the responses from sued publishers, an initially zany-disaster mode has darkened into a more serious tone. It’s a time when no one seems able to just be quiet. Read More