Mon, 18/01/2010 - 08:28
EU politicians have called for the woman nominated as digital agenda commissioner in charge of publishing to face a second confirmation hearing, after she gave less-than-stellar responses at the first.
Dutch politician Neelie Kroes, who is currently serving as competition commissioner, has been nominated to serve in the publishing role...
Wed, 13/01/2010 - 06:12
The government has launched a £500,000 campaign to provide over 53,000 free books for secondary schools. Every secondary school in England will get 15 free books for their school library as part of the Everyone's Reading campaign being run jointly with the School Library Association.
The government hopes that the gifting scheme...
Tue, 12/01/2010 - 14:28
French culture minister Frédéric Mitterrand has endorsed the idea that Google should scan some French language books, but only on the basis of swapping files with a future national platform for digitised works.
Mitterrand said he was "completely satisfied" with proposals on scanning French heritage, presented...
Thu, 17/12/2009 - 09:09
Philip Pullman is the latest children's author to reaffirm his opposition to the government's controversial 'vetting and barring scheme' (VBS), despite changes announced earlier this week by the Independent Safeguarding Authority that largely exclude authors from having to be registered.
Pullman told The Bookseller...
Tue, 15/12/2009 - 09:04
The department for business, innovation, and skills has appointed John Alty chief executive and comptroller-general of the intellectual property office.
Alty, who is currently the director general for fair markets at the department for business, innovation and skills, will take on the new role "early next year", a department...
Mon, 14/12/2009 - 16:07
Authors remain opposed to the government’s controversial 'vetting and barring' scheme, despite a change that largely excludes them from having to be registered. The government climb-down also means that the vast majority of booksellers will now not, in the normal course of their bookselling to schools, have to register with the...
Mon, 14/12/2009 - 08:13
Authors are to be excluded from the controversial plans to impose criminal record checks on any adults who have regular contact with children, after the proposed laws were watered down in a response to widespread criticism.
The Vetting and Barring Scheme was expected to include about 11m people working with children to undergo the checks...
Fri, 20/11/2009 - 08:03
The government is recommending changes to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act to enable "remedies" to be developed "quickly and flexibly" to cope with any future methods for unlawfully copying content.
The department for business, innovation and skills, and the department for culture, media and sport announced the...
Thu, 29/10/2009 - 11:46
The Publishers Association has said it "welcomes with open arms" the proposals to punish persistent illegal file sharers with internet suspension, to which Lord Mandelson gave his backing this week. Mandelson has put forward a three strikes policy for the suspension of internet access, stressing it would be a "fair, thorough...
Mon, 14/09/2009 - 07:32
The Government is to spend £18m providing free books for babies and toddlers over the next three years, it has been announced.
According to the Press Association, the cash will go on around 12 million volumes for children aged 0-3, to be handed out through GPs' surgeries, nurseries and Sure Start centres.