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 BPN Newsletter Issue No 29, December 2001 


5th IPA Copyright Conference
20-22 February 2002, Accra, Ghana

The 5th International Publisher's Association Copyright Conference is to be held in Accra, Ghana, from 20 to 22 February 2002. The conference is part of IPA's effort at organising forums to discuss issues around copyright and publishing. Previous ones have taken place in Tokyo, Japan, 1998; Turin, Italy, 1994; Paris, France, 1990; and Heidelberg, Germany, 1986. The proposed conference will be the first IPA event to take place in Africa.

More than 300 publishers from all over the world are expected to participate, together with authors, copyright specialists, librarians and state officials from various countries. In many respects, international efforts towards the discussion of intellectual freedom and copyright protection are more important than ever. The theme of the Conference - 'Encouraging creativity through copyright protection' - and the topics of the working sessions address topical issues currently debated at the international level and affecting publishers' interests around the world.

The IPA was founded in 1896 and is the publishing industry's international organisation. It covers 78 national, regional and specialised trade associations in 66 countries. IPA's principal objectives are to promote copyright and freedom to publish and to represent publishers' interests towards international organisations. IPA organises a major international congress or copyright conference every second year. It is an accredited non-governmental organisation with observer status to the United Nations.

Additional information about the conference, including pointers on registration and hotel accommodation can be downloaded from the IPA website at: All requests regarding registration, practical information, social programme should be sent to the Organising Committee of the Conference in Ghana:

Ghana Book Publishers Association, +233 21 223948 (tel), +233 21 223948/220107/220271 (fax), email: or

Carlo Scollo Lavizzari, Legal Counsel International Publishers Association 3, Ave de Miremont, 1206 Geneva, Switzerland. +41(0)22 346 3018 (tel), +41(0)22 347 571720 (fax), email:


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