The American Association of Publishers (AAP) hosted their annual meeting in Manhattan yesterday, focused on global copyright law — particularly how the online space can be used to better manage the licensing of rights. Publishers Weekly reports Michele Woods, director of copyright law division at the World Intellectual Property Organization, gave a detailed report on the complexities and snail’s pace of global copyright discussions while Richard Mollet, chief executive of the UK Publishers Association, proposed a digital copyright hub that would make it much easier to license rights for all kinds of digital media.
Politics charged the meeting as well. Diane Ravitch, author and former assistant education secretary in the Bush Administration, gave her former boss’s No Child Left Behind law a blistering critique, calling it “insane”. Recently retired US Senator from Maine Olympia Snowe also leveled critique of her former Washington colleagues saying she left her post because “it can’t be fixed from the inside.”