Feb 27 2010
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Abu Dhabi hosts Arab world's first IPA Copyright Symposium under the theme: Evolving Rights Emerging Markets
Copyright infringement, which has a negative impact on the activities and income streams across all creative industries, will be addressed by 270 delegates from 53 countries. Government officials, legal experts, publishing specialists and authors will gather at Abu Dhabi's InterContinental Hotel for the two-day symposium.
The first copyright symposium was held by the International Publishers Association (IPA) in Heidelberg, Germany in 1986 to mark the centenary of the Berne Copyright Convention. Since then, the IPA Copyright Symposium has been held every four years in partnership with one of the IPA's member organisations. The 7th IPA Copyright Symposium Abu Dhabi 2010 is being hosted by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage, KITAB, the Arab Publishers Union and the Emirates Publishers Association.
His Excellency Eng. Mohammed Ahmed Bin Abdul Aziz Al Shehhi, Director General of the Ministry of Economy said: "This event comes within the framework of the ministry's efforts to consolidate the concept of intellectual property protection, raise public awareness of its importance and to emphasise the impact and its implications on the national economy. Intellectual property rights are more relevant today than ever before and innovation is what drives economies and businesses, and any creative and original thinking should be respected and honoured. We at the Ministry of Economy are always keen on ensuring an ideal environment that is free of piracy and copyright violations."
The IPA Copyright Symposium is an international platform for discussing and promoting the latest developments in intellectual property and copyright. The Symposium will include a programme of plenary speeches and practical, business-orientated seminars in addition to policy sessions. Topics will include copyright and Islamic law, publishing in the internet age, collective licensing, the digital market place, global copyright trends, and the future of copyright in emerging markets.
The IPA Copyright Symposium Abu Dhabi 2010 will run for two days from 28 February - 1 March 2010 at the InterContinental Hotel, Abu Dhabi. The Symposium will take place immediately before the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, 2 - 7 March 2010, which will extend the opportunity for visiting delegates to network and do business.
About the IPA Copyright Symposium
The 7th International Publishers Association (IPA) Copyright Symposium will be hosted by Abu Dhabi from 28 February to 1 March at the Intercontinental Hotel. Held every four years, this is the first time the Symposium has been held in the Arab world. The Symposium will bring together publishers, rights-holders, policy-makers and user representatives from across the world to discuss the challenges of copyright and intellectual property under the theme: Evolving Rights Emerging Markets. For full programme information, please visit: www.ipa2010.ae.
About International Publishers Association (IPA)
The International Publishers Association (IPA) is a federation of publishers' associations comprising more than 60 organisations from more than 50 countries. IPA was founded in 1896 with an initial aim of ensuring respect for copyright and proper implementation of copyright laws worldwide. While the promotion and defence of copyright remains one of IPA's main objectives, its goals have expanded to include protecting freedom to publish, encouraging literacy and reading and providing a meeting place for publishers to network, exchange ideas and conduct business. IPA is an accredited non-governmental organisation (NGO) that enjoys a consultative relationship with the United Nations. For more information, visit: www.internationalpublishers.org.
KITAB was established in 2007 as a joint venture between the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage and the Frankfurt Book Fair, one of the most successful publishing industry fairs worldwide. KITAB was established in order to raise the bar in the publishing industry in the MENA region and ensure improved professional standards while working towards establishing Abu Dhabi as the publishing hub of the region, through initiatives such as promotional reading campaigns, improving distribution and tackling issues such as piracy and copyrighting.
For more information please contact
Abdul Nasser Nahar, ADACH
Tel: +971 50 812 0961
Irum Fawad, KITAB
Tel: +971 50 223 9319
Rebecca Flynn, Impact Porter Novelli - Abu Dhabi
Tel: +971 50 259 2376
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