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The European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) and the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) react to the reintroduction of copyright protected material in the proposed geo-blocking regulation as the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee adopts its report

EIBF and FEP note with great satisfaction that the Committee supported the safeguards proposed by the European Commission (recital 23 and article 4.3), so that this regulation may not be used to circumvent fixed book price regimes.

However, EIBF and FEP note with deep regret the fact that despite numerous representations and contacts with Members of the Committee on behalf of the book industry in the last months, they voted to reintroduce copyright protected material in the scope of the regulation.

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Geo-blocking: EIBF & FEP reiterate their request to exclude non-audiovisual copyright-protected content from the scope of the regulation

Recent developments in the discussions around the proposed Geo-blocking Regulation in the European Parliament committees are a cause for great concern for the book industry. In a joint letter sent by EIBF & FEP to all IMCO MEPs, the book industry reiterates its request to exclude non-audiovisual copyrighted-content from the scope of the regulation. The letter also draws MEP’s attention to some very important clarifications regarding the technicalities of e-book sales by booksellers, which so far, seem to be have been very often ignored or misunderstood.

Click here to read EIBF & FEP joint letter sent to IMCO MEPs

EIBF NEWSFLASH 117 – 07 APRIL 2017

  • GEO-BLOCKING: EIBF URGES ITS MEMBERS TO CONTACT THEIR NATIONAL MEPs
  • GERMANY: SOLIDARITY AD IN TURKISH MEDIA, AN INITIATIVE FROM THE BÖRSENVEREIN
  • 4TH INTERNATIONAL DIGITAL DISTRIBUTORS MEETING IN MADRID – 7 & 8 JUNE
  • FIRST CALL FOR SPEAKERS FOR EIBF CONFERENCE ON 12 OCTOBER – FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR

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EIBF NEWSFLASH 116 – 30 MARCH 2017

  • AMAZON TO PAY TAXES IN ALL STATES WITH TAX LAWS IN THE US
  • GERMANY: APPEAL FOR FREEDOM TO PUBLISH AND FOR A DIVERSE PUBLISHING LANDSCAPE
  • INVITE YOUR LOCAL MEMBER OF EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT  TO VISIT A BOOKSHOP
  • FIRST CALL FOR SPEAKERS FOR EIBF CONFERENCE ON 12 OCTOBER – FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR

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EIBF NEWSFLASH 115 – 21 MARCH 2017

DISCOVER EIBF NEW OFFICES

On 17 March, just back from the London Book Fair, the EIBF team moved to new premises, located at 69 square Marie-Louise, 1000 Brussels. Like the previous office, the new one is situated in the EU district, just behind the main European Commission building, at walking distance from most Directorate Generals and from the European Parliament.Read more

Börsenverein and PEN Germany deliver #FreeWordsTurkey petition to German government

On February 24, Börsenverein (the German Publishers and Booksellers Association), PEN Germany and Reporters Without Borders delivered the #FreeWordsTurkey petition representatives of the government and the German representative to the UN. The petition gathered 110,047 signatures and calls for a stronger stance against violations of freedom of expression in Turkey.

In a statement published on the change.org website, Börsenverein states that “freedom to form and express an opinion is a non-negotiable human right” and urges the German government and the European Commission “to call for an uncompromising respect for freedom of expression in any related decisions, actions and statements they make” and “to re-evaluate their policies with regard to the countries in question”, meaning those countries that do not respect these basic human rights and pillars of a democratic society.

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The American Booksellers Association supports freedom to publish controversial books.

Amid the strong controversy that currently surrounds Milo Yiannopoulos and the calls for boycotting his book, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) joined the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and other free speech advocates in support of the freedom to publish controversial books.

They issued a joint “Statement in Support of the Right to Publish” in which they argue that “threats to boycott publishers undermine intellectual freedom and harm readers and writers”, since such a boycott will inevitably affect the publisher’s ability to “express and disseminate ideas, even if they are controversial and offensive to some”.

The free speech organisations that signed the document refuse censorship as a way to solve these matters, saying that “we need not endorse the ideas contained in a book to endorse the right to express them”, and warning that “the suppression of noxious ideas does not defeat them; only vigorous disagreement can counter toxic speech effectively. Shutting down the conversation may temporarily silence disfavored views, but does nothing to prevent them from spreading and resurfacing in other ways”.

Click here to read the ABA article

Click here for the joint Statement (PDF)

GEO-BLOCKING: THE MUSIC AND BOOKSELLING INDUSTRIES CALL FOR COPYRIGHT PROTECTED WORKS TO BE KEPT OUTSIDE THE REGULATION ON GEO-BLOCKING

Following MEP Thun’s report on geo-blocking, EIBF and the European Association of Independent Music Companies Association (IMPALA) expose their views in a joint letter to the MEPs relevant to the dossier.

Both organisations advocate for keeping “services providing access to and use of copyright protected works or other protected subject matter” outside of the scope of the regulation on geo-blocking. They further underline the need for setting the review clause to five years after the entry into effect of the regulation, rather than the two years initially proposed, as this would allow to have more accurate data on the evolution of the e-book market.

Finally, EIBF and IMPALA proposed amendments to the Commission’s proposal in the best interest of their respective sectors’ jobs and investment.

The full text of the letter and of the amendments can be found below.

Click here to read the joint letter                 Click here to read the proposed amendments

 

EIBF NEWSFLASH 114 – 7 FEBRUARY 2017

  1. FREE TICKETS FOR EIBF MEMBERS TO ACCESS THE LONDON BOOK FAIR
  2. EIBF CONFERENCE AT THE FRANKFURT BOOK FAIR – SAVE THE DATE – 12 0CTOBER 2017 – 10AM TO 3 PM (TBC) FOLLOWED BY AGM AND OPTIONAL DINNER
  3. GEOBLOCKING LEGISLATION – WORK IN PROGRESS

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