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IPA Secretary General Jens Bammel said “online piracy is a massive, global problem, posing a significant threat to authors, artists, musicians, producers and publishers. Sites like these deprive creative artists of their livelihoods, destroying jobs and culture. The IPA and its members supported this lawsuit to highlight the scale of international online piracy and the dangers it represents.”
The judge, sitting in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, entered a $37.5 million default judgment for willful infringement and handed down a permanent injunction against future infringements after defendants acknowledged the suit but did not contest the overwhelming case against them for intentional infringement. The judge cited the goal of deterring and discouraging the defendants and other operators of similar sites that openly engage in and promote copyright infringement.
Paul Doda, Chairman of the IPA’s Copyright Committee said the ruling was “good news for content creators. This sophisticated and massive illegal enterprise has harmed many thousands of creators and copyright holders around the world. The judge’s ruling sends a strong message and will go a long way in discouraging this kind of illegal activity.”
The IPA’s Anti-Piracy Working Group, which coordinates the international publishing industry’s response to online piracy, will work to enforce the judgment against the defendants by various means.
The ruling has arrived at a timely juncture just a day after the #Copyrightforfreedom campaign was launched by the Federation of European Publishers in a bit to protect creativity and the rights of creators.
Donal Ryan has won the European Prize for Literature for his novel The Spinning Heart. The announcement was made at the London Book Fair opening ceremony today. The Tipperary-born author was shortlisted for Ireland alongside Mary Costello and Deirdre Sullivan. Ryan joins winners from Austria, Croatia, France, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Sweden and will attend the winners’ ceremony in Brussels on 23 June.
Speaking to Publishing Ireland, Donal Ryan said that it was ‘a lovely honour and great to be included in the effort to expose people across Europe to books from other countries’. Ryan also expressed his wish to remember the late John McNamee, ‘a great bookseller from Portlaoise, who was instrumental in the setting up and promotion of the EUPL in his role as president of the European Boosksellers Federation’. (read more…)
This year’s London Book Fair will move to the Olympia, Kennsington. The venue is smaller and harder to access than its predecessor so it’s a good idea to plan your trip well in advance of getting there. The LBF website provides a good resource in terms of travel and accommodation (with visitor and exhibitor rates so book early!). Publishing Ireland has put together a comprehensive guide to making the most out of your book fair experience:
Why go to The London Book Fair?
To mark the inaugural PolskaÉire Festival, Ireland Literature Exchange and the Arts Council are pleased to invite you to Przedwiośnie/An Early Spring, a celebration of Polish and Irish literature for children and adults with award-winning authors: Michał Rusinek, Liliana Bardijewska and Jerzy Jarniewicz.
Friday, 27 March 2015 at 5pm.
The Arts Council, 70 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The shortlist for the 2015 ABC International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing has been announced. Nominations were judged on their leadership and achievements in improving the accessibility of e-books or other digital publications to people with print disabilities.
The four publishers were shortlisted were Cambridge University Press, Elsevier B.V, HarperCollins Inc. and SAGE Publications Ltd. (read more…)