Sänger named as new IPA Copyright Committee Chair

News - International Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels' Jessica Sänger replaces PA's William Bowes

The International Publishers Association (IPA) has announced this morning that Dr Jessica Sänger, director for European and International Affairs at Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels (the German Publishers and Booksellers Association) as the new Chair of the IPA’s Copyright Committee, taking over from the Publishers Association’s William Bowes who has stepped down.

Hugo Setzer, IPA President said: "We are delighted that Dr Sänger is willing to take over from William. Jessica has been involved in the IPA’s Copyright Committee for a number of years and has been a frequent member of our WIPO delegations. Combined with her detailed experience of the recently closed European Copyright Directive discussions this makes her ideally suited to the position."

Sänger (pictured) said: "I’m honoured to have been selected as Chair of the IPA’s Copyright Committee and will aim to build on the excellent work started by William Bowes. Copyright is central to the IPA’s work and we will need to be particularly active as a Committee with this year potentially being pivotal for international copyright discussions."

She is a lawyer and, although now director for European and International Affairs at Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, from 2008 until 2016 she was legal counsel and (from 2011) deputy head of the Legal Department of Börsenverein, where she was in charge of European and international lobbying for publishers. She studied Law at Exeter (UK) and Mainz (Germany) and completed her First (2003) and Second (2005) State Examinations in Law in Mainz, completing her Doctorate in 2014.

The Copyright Committee is one of IPA’s statutory Committees and guides the IPA’s policy position on copyright at international, regional and national levels.

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