On the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day on April 23, UNESCO reiterated the need to protect creativity from piracy.
According to the organization’s website, “UNESCO recently established the World Anti-Piracy Observatory (WAPO), a free online platform that provides information on antipiracy measures and policies implemented by Member States.”
On April 23, UNESCO also launched celebrations for the 2010 World Book Capital, Ljubljana, Slovenia. The city is planning over 300 activities during the year aimed at encouraging reading and love of books, facilitating access to books and presenting a range of different literary genres from around the world. In her message, UNESCO director-general Irina Bokova states the following:
“Freedom of circulation is also an essential requirement for everyone to have access to books. Translation of course plays a significant role in the transmission of knowledge derived from books. Innovative publishing policies that meet the needs and aspirations of every human being are, however, also required.
In the light of the emergence of new forms of books and of changes in the design, production and access to contents of books, it is urgent to recall that there can be no book development without respect for copyright. This is particularly the case at a time when digitization further exposes books to risks of illicit use.
To make the fifteenth edition of World Book and Copyright Day a success, I invite all partners, communities and UNESCO networks to join forces to promote respect for copyright and ensure that books take their rightful place in the social, educational and cultural spheres.
Books are works of art and science, and vehicles for ideas. They magnificently materialize creative diversity, generate universal knowledge and contribute to intercultural dialogue. »