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PI News Roundup: Creative Industries Unite at Copyright Forum; Books Ireland Renews its Vigour; Authors Join Forces for Digital Civil Rights and Nomination Window Closes for IPA Freedom to Publish Prize.

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Copyright Reform Too Important to ‘Languish’ Says Minister


The Minister of State for Research and Innovation opened up proceedings which were held on Monday of this week to discuss the issues presented by the Copyright Review Committee on Modernising Copyright. In thanking the committee, Sean Sherlock underlined the ‘urgent’ need for copyright reform in Ireland, saying that given the digital challenges ahead, that the issue would not be ‘left to languish’ in the programme for Government.  The full speech of the Minister is available via:

There was much in the way of concern raised from the floor regarding the more ambiguous or ‘vague’ exceptions proposed in the review. Jens Bammel of the International Publishers Association indeed suggested that uncertainty introduced in the report would lead to inevitable and plenetiful legal cases being taken against infringers. Lack of clarification in this regard was also echoed by Michael O’Brien of the O’Brien Press who insisted that acting upon such recommendations (the definition of ‘snippet’ and Digital Protection Measures obligations to be placed on publishers for instance) would, for the Government be ‘quite wrong’ and amount to simply ‘opening up ATM’s for lawyers to walk into’. PI members can read our summary of the event via: in the folder named ‘copyright’




Calling all Would-be Subscribers! Books Ireland Needs Your Support!


Wordwell Ltd who have been book publishers in Ireland for 25 years as well as being publishers of History Ireland and Archaeology Ireland have taken up the reins at Books Ireland and have agreed to continue the publication of the title.

So, if anybody wants to be a subscriber, take out an advert, write reviews or grant-aid this important magazine we will be only too pleased. Book publishers will benefit enormously from this initiative and, judging by the supportive messages we have received to date, are only dying to get involved! 

All enquiries to Una MacConville ( Editorial matters will be dealt with  by Tony Canavan, the new editor ( Books for review can be sent immediately to: Tony Canavan, Editor, Books Ireland, Unit 9, 78 Furze Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18.




Book Launches and Other Happenings


This week has seen the beginning (or continuance!) of many a Christmas event in book venues- not least of which was last night in the Gutter Bookshop- complete with Mince Pies and reports of Nat King Cole. We are also looking forward to the famous Lilliput Christmas party next week which happens to fall on the same day as our extremely popular Book Marketing Strategies seminar with Anne-Marie Scully so there will be more than one cause for celebration!

Congratulations to Arlen House, who launched not one but five titles at Dublin City Library last night as well as to New Island Books for the launch of Foundation Stone, edited by Theo Dorgan and launched by Finatn O’Toole on Wednesday evening at the Teachers’ Club, Parnell Square. The fun hasn’t stopped yet mind as the Irish Writer’s Centre will host it’s always wonderful ‘Takin the Mic’ sessions tonight at 7pm.

Beyond the Shore

LBF Moves to Olympia

Concerns over the rumored move of the London Book Fair to a far less convenient location, the fair has announced that it will move the event from Earls Court to an equally iconic new home at sister ECO venue, Olympia.  Check out the full details here:

UN Must Deliver Digital Rights Protection

Edward Snowden has certainly left quite a wake of concern across the globe since his controversial intelligence leaks. This week has seen another consequence of growing worry amongst authors and writers about digital and indeed civil rights as leading authors such as Julian Barnes and Ian McEwan joined forces to launch a worldwide petition to establish a bill of digital rights ensure the protection of civil rights in the digital age.  Via The Bookseller:

Nominations to Close for IPA Freedom to Publish Prize

There is now less than a month to nominate a person or organization for the 2014 IPA Freedom to Publish Prize.Nominations close on 6 January 2014. The IPA are calling on publishing organisations to disseminate this information. Like the protection of copyright, promoting freedom to publish is a fundamental part of the IPA’s activities. It is important that we highlight and celebrate the courage and tenacity of publishers around the world who are fighting for this crucial human right. The Freedom to Publish Prize provides a perfect opportunity to do so. In 2014, the Prize amount will be CHF20,000 and it will be awarded on the last day of the IPA Congress in Bangkok.

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