IPA, International Publishers Association, Switzerland
23, avenue de France
+41 (0) 22 704 18 20
+41 (0) 22 704 18 21
Chief Executive Name
Chief Executive Title
Chief Executive Phone
+41 22 704 1820
Chief Executive Email
Bodour Al Qasimi
Ana María Cabanellas
Substitute Director on the IFRRO Board
Director of Communications and Freedom to Publish
The IPA is a non-profit, non-political, non-governmental organization representing the interests of publishers worldwide in international and other fora. The IPA upholds and defends the right of publishers to publish and distribute the works of the mind in complete freedom, provided that in so doing they respect all legal rights attached to these works within their own countries and internationally. It is the duty of the IPA to oppose steadfastly any attempt or threat to restrict that freedom. The IPA promotes and protects by all lawful means the principles of copyright on which depend the encouragement of authorship, publishing and dissemination of creative works and we defend copyright against all infringements which may restrict the rights of authors and publishers. The IPA promotes literacy. And the IPA promotes and represents publishing as a cultural sector and a creative industry.
Year operations began
Executive Committee drawn from 81 members (from 69 countries).
During 2017-2018, IPA strengthened assistance to members by making submissions and other interventions on planned copyright changes to the authorities in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Greece, Iceland, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand and Turkey. IPA increased its presence at the meetings of WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Connected Rights in November 2018 and April 2019. IPA was very active in defending freedom to publish, awarding the 2018 Prix Voltaire to Swedish/ Hong Kong publisher Gui Minhai. The IPA’s 32nd International Publishers Congress was held in February 2018 in New Delhi to universal acclaim. Another successful event took place in May 2018 in Lagos, Nigeria — the IPA’s first regional seminar in Africa, bringing together the continent’s creators and publishers. IPA’s Educational Publishers Forum continued its impactful work with meetings in Frankfurt, Tallinn, Iceland and Berlin during this time. Michiel Kolman joined José Borghino on the Board of WIPO’s Accessible Book Consortium, promoting accessibility for visually impaired people worldwide. And the IPA’s LIBS Committee was renamed to become Inclusive Publishing and Literacy Committee. More details will be included in the Annual Report to be released during Frankfurt Book Fair in October.