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Feb 27 2010

Abu Dhabi hosts Arab world's first IPA Copyright Symposium under the theme: Evolving Rights Emerging Markets

Abu Dhabi, 27 February 2010: Abu Dhabi will be the focal point of discussions on the latest developments in copyright from 28 February to 1 March 2010 when the 7th IPA Copyright Symposium 2010 is held in the Arab world for the first time.

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 Mr. Jumaa Al Qubaisi, Director of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair and Director of the National Library (ADACH), said: "We are honoured to be co-hosting this important Symposium over the coming two days. Abu Dhabi is committed to raising the bar of professionalism for the region's publishing industry and this is yet another opportunity for us to underscore this commitment. Copyright infringement and piracy are major challenges facing the region's publishing industry. This Symposium is being held to address this and look at the future of copyright in emerging markets and provide a platform for discussing best-practice in tackling these issues."

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."

Monika Krauss, General Manager of KITAB said: "The IPA Copyright Symposium will enable delegates to learn about the latest developments in copyright, and enable them to deepen their knowledge and understanding. This is an excellent opportunity for publishers in this region to showcase their talents to the wider industry, and for the international industry to see exactly what this region has to offer."

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.

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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.

About KITAB
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
Email: afnahar@adach.ae

Irum Fawad, KITAB
Tel: +971 50 223 9319
Email: ifawad@kitab.ae
Rebecca Flynn, Impact Porter Novelli - Abu Dhabi
Tel: +971 50 259 2376
Email: r.flynn@ipn.ae

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