Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) April 16, 2009
Dorrance Publishing Company joins UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) in celebrating World Book and Copyright Day on April 23rd. The day strives to promote reading, publishing, and the protection of intellectual property rights throughout the world through the use of copyright. UNESCO's stated initiative for 2009 is to "explore the paramount function of books for the development of quality education and the link between publishing and human rights." Beirut has been declared the World Book Capital 2009.
To celebrate the occasion, during the month of April, Dorrance will make available to all who are interested a free special report - "Copyright and You"- that can be found at their on-line bookstore located at http://www.DorranceBookstore.com. Dorrance believes that books are more important today than ever before when the crises confronting the world will require educated populations in every land to explore the possibilities and find the answers for living together on this planet. Because books and copyright are driving forces for individual creativity throughout the world, the future of books and copyright concerns all people and all nations. Since Dorrance Publishing Company publishes authors from many countries all around the globe, the company strongly supports world copyright laws.
Why pay so much attention to world copyright laws? For one, copyright fosters creativity. Authors and publishers are more likely to devote time and energy to creative work when it will be protected from unfair use. Copyright law also promotes important industries, such as printing, publishing, multimedia, audio-visual, phonographic, cinematographic, crafts, and design. Copyright protection enhances international understanding in that the distribution of books is essential for the promotion of cultural diversity. Therefore it can be said that copyright protection promotes world peace. Piracy then is a threat to international economical and cultural development and, eventually, to the safety and stability of the world.
Copyright law is in fact national law, meaning each country is free to determine the extent of protection it will apply to authors and copyright holders within its own borders. There have been many international agreements with the purpose of extending copyright protection to foreign authors within nations, in addition to their own, that enjoy the fruits of their work. Some of these agreements are the Berne Convention of 1886 (revised in 1971), the Universal Copyright Convention of 1952 (revised in 1971), the TRIP Agreement of 1994 (having to do with trade and intellectual property rights), and the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Copyright Treaty of 1996. The majority of countries today follow one of these agreements. In countries that have signed these agreements, foreign authors do enjoy the same rights as national authors.
These rights normally address national treatment, non-discrimination, and certain minimum standards regarding scope and duration of rights. Normally copyright lasts for the life of the author plus 50 years post mortem in the United States and 70 years post mortem in some other nations. If an author wishes to challenge the use of material, he or she must consult the copyright law in the country in which the protection is sought.
In the digital age, proponents of copyright and intellectual property law concentrate on anti-circumvention provisions to ensure that technology does not circumvent the protections of copyright and intellectual property rights. The scope and wide usage of the Internet however make this challenge ever more difficult. Recent controversies such as the Author's Guild class action suit against Google for using snippets and extracts without permission and the ongoing battle between newspapers and news services and Google, the Drudge Report, and other Internet sites illustrate how managing rights and protecting content and its creators is changing to address the new world in which we now operate.
UNESCO instituted world Book and Copyright Day during its 1995 conference, citing that date as also the anniversary of the birth and death of William Shakespeare and the anniversary of the death or birth of many other world-famous authors. UNESCO's concern for safeguarding copyright goes back, however, to at least 1952, at which time the Universal Copyright Convention was adopted under UNESCO's aegis to promote international copyright protection.
The date April 23rd was originally connected with noting the importance of books in 1923 when booksellers in Catalonia, Spain designated the day as one to honor the author Miguel de Cervantes, who died on that date. It became part of the celebrations that took place on Saint George's Day (also April 23rd) on which it had been tradition since the Middle Ages for men to give roses to their lovers. And since 1925, in exchange, women gave books.
For more information, contact: Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc. at 1-800-788-7654 or http://www.dorrancebookstore.com.
Dorrance Publishing is the nation's oldest authors services company. The Dorrance family of imprints provides authors with the level of personalized service they require to become a published author. All international standard book number (ISBN) eligible imprints have a bookstore returns allowed policy.
Dorrance Publishing http://www.dorrancepublishing.com/info.asp?program=prweb -- books have carried the Dorrance imprint for over 85-years. This full-service subsidy publishing imprint offers authors traditional, complete publishing services including editing, proofreading, original page and cover design, publication in paperback, hardback and custom or unusual book production specifications, original illustration creation, ISBN and copyright. Dorrance titles are printed and warehoused in anticipation of orders that may follow as a result of a defined, limited promotional plan.
RoseDog Books http://www.rosedog.com -- a full-service print on demand publishing imprint offering authors complete page design services, original cover design, editing services, original illustration creation, full-color and black and white books, a variety of book trim sizes, paperback or hardback binding, an ISBN and copyright. Authors can provide their manuscript on paper or in a digital file. RoseDog titles are printed when ordered and can be purchased on-line or through brick and mortar stores. Book promotion services are also available.
Red Lead Press http://www.redleadpress.com -- a very affordable publishing imprint for authors who need some help with basic page and cover design, an ISBN and copyright. Red Lead titles are printed when ordered and can be purchased on-line or through brick and mortar stores.
I-Proclaim http://www.i-proclaim.com -- Using a self-serve on-line template an author can become a published author in minutes. There are no set-up fees and no minimum book order.