APNET - Intellectual Property (IP)
The proper exploitation of IP by African publishers to increase revenue streams has hitherto not been one of APNET's focuses. Indeed, in the past, IP rights were often the preserve of the multinationals, or of publishers based in the North since little IP was generated in the South. This meant that African publishers were not players in the IP exchange.
The development of African publishing, the spread of 21st century globalisation and the explosive growth of knowledge industries' contribution to national economies has made it imperative for African publishers to understand and use their IP rights. APNET will take on expertise, when required, in order to inform and educate its members in the exploitation and protection of their IP rights, thereby indetifying new revenue streams and growing their businesses.
APNET will aim to hold workshops, seminars and conferences, in collaboration with international agencies such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) and UNESCO, and national bodies such as ministries, copyright offices, NPAs, author's associations and national collective management societies (Reproduction Rights organisations or RROs).
Whenever possible, such workshops will be linked to events such as book fairs, in order to encourage participation and to reduce attending member's costs.
Report on the 7th IPA Symposium & WIPO/IFFRO Seminar in Abu Dhabi, UAE (28 February - 03 March 2010) (click here)