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NAB/WBU Statement on World Sight Day 2018

The World Sight Day is the most important advocacy and communications event on the eye health calendar. Observed annually on the second Thursday of October, it is a global event to draw attention to blindness and vision impairment. On this day, the NAB/WBU in collaboration with other organizations provide information to raise awareness regarding eye care. One of the priorities of collaborating ORGANIZATIONS is to ensure the prevention of sight loss through advocacy for affordable and accessible eye health services, as well as providing referrals to appropriate service providers. Around 253 million people live with vision impairment worldwide, 36 million...

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Bodour Al Qasimi Announces Candidacy for Vice President of the International Publishers Association

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson A BROADER SPECTRUM OF INDUSTRY ECOSYSTEM PLAYERS During Frankfurter Buchmesse (October 10 to 14), the International Publishers Association (IPA) will hold its customary statutory meetings. They include several committee meetings focused on membership, copyright, and the freedom to publish. As Publishing Perspectives has reported, there’s also a public session programmed by the IPA for October 12 at 10:30 a.m. in the Weltempfang Salon, with IPA’s Kristenn Einarsson and the family members of two still-detained Prix Voltaire winners, Guy Minhai and Rafi Badawi. Leadership considerations are on the week’s agenda, as well, and on October...

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WIPO Assemblies 2018 Open: Director General Francis Gurry Underlines Positive Results, Calls for Action on New Technologies

Rapid technological change is driving demand for intellectual property rights and growth in WIPO’s global intellectual property (IP) systems, while IP is increasingly important in policy making and international trade, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said in opening the 2018 WIPO Assemblies. In an address to some 1,000 delegates at the opening the Assemblies of Member States of WIPO, Mr. Gurry outlined WIPO’s excellent performance across the range of its activities and underlined its financial stability at the end of the 2016-2017 biennium, which concluded with a surplus of 55.9 million Swiss Francs. “Intellectual property continues to grow in economic...

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REPRONIG Participates in Seminar on Private Copy Levy

The Reproduction Rights Society of Nigeria (REPRONIG) was one of the 16 collective management organizations that met recently in Dakar, Senegal to deliberate on the aspect of the private copy levy scheme. The Seminar, which held from September 11 to 13, 2018 was organized by the CISAC with support from the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF). Also partnering were the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Federation of Reprographic Rights Organisations (IFRRO) the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA). The Chief host was the Senegalese Ministry of Culture....

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Training on the Distribution of Copyright Revenues for BURIDA, OTDAV and SODAV

— veraliah Bueno (IFRRO) In September, six representatives from BURIDA (Côte d’Ivoire), OTDAV (Tunisia) and SODAV (Senegal) were in Zurich for a training hosted by ProLitteris. The project was jointly funded by IFRRO and the World Intellectual Property Organization, and supported by Olav Stokkmo, International Consultant. The representatives were accompanied by Pierre-Olivier Lesburguères, IFRRO’s Manager for Policy and Regional Development. ProLitteris, the RRO of Switzerland, has developed a distribution methodology known as “objective availability” which it uses to distribute revenues collected from the secondary uses of copyright-protected works. This method takes into account the availability of works on the Swiss...

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FROM BOOK TO FILM – COPYRIGHT AS A CREATIVE AND ECONOMIC ENABLER

Both The Publishers Association (UK) and the Association of American Publishers have recently looked at the relationship between publishing and film production. Adapting a book to film is a great example of copyright as an enabler of creation. While IPA was busy at the May SCCR meeting in Geneva, the Association of American Publishers was holding an event together with the Motion Picture Association of America at BookExpo in New York. They brought together an interesting line-up to look at how books are adapted to screen. What came out of the discussions is that there is no magic formula and...

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REPRONIG Signs Bilateral Agreements with Four (4) RROs

The Reproduction Rights Society of Nigeria (REPRONIG) has signed Type B Bilateral Agreements with four (4) other Reproduction Rights Organisations: CopyGhana (Ghana), KOPIKEN (Kenya), URRO (Uganda); and ZARRSO (Zambia). The signings were on 11 July, 2018 during the meeting of the IFRRO African Development Committee meeting held in Lusaka, Zambia and witnessed by the CEO of IFRRO Ms. Caroline Morgan and Chief Executives of African RROs that were in attendance. REPRONIG also used the opportunity of the Lusaka meeting to discuss areas of future collaboration with other RROs. Speaking after the signing, the Executive Director of REPRONIG, Mr. John Asein,...

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Nigerian universities to resume distance learning – Wale Odunsi

The National Universities Commission, NUC, has disclosed that it is developing quality assurance protocol for Open and Distance Education in Nigeria, signalling the readiness of the Commission to lift the ban on distance learning in Nigerian universities. Executive Secretary of NUC, Professor Abubakar Rasheed made this known in Abuja on Monday while speaking at a two-day retreat, organized for all Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities as a way of sustaining the periodic review of the challenges confronting tertiary education. He said the protocol being developed by a team of experts, when completed, would enable the Commission to properly regulate the...

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