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  • The Association of American Publishers notes with great appreciation the attention of Senator Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, to the unprecedented and unlicensed “National Emergency Library” operated by the Internet Archive (IA) in a recent letter sent from Senator Tillis to IA's founder. The so-called "Library" is distributing 1.4 million scanned books for free online, without any permission from authors and publishers and despite their strong objections to what many see as an opportunistic and unlawful attack on the copyright framework, education ecosystem, and economy.

    “I am not aware of any measure under copyright law that permits a user of copyrighted works to unilaterally create an emergency copyright act,” reads the letter. “Indeed, I am deeply concerned that your ‘Library’ is operating outside the boundaries of the copyright law that Congress has enacted and alone has jurisdiction to amend.”

    Read the full letter here.

    See AAP’s recent statement on the “National Emergency Library” here. Learn about the many proactive and lawfully sound initiatives of publishers during the pandemic here.

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  • The Association of American Publishers (AAP) today released its StatShot report for January 2020 reflecting reported revenue for all tracked categories, including Trade (consumer publications), K-12 Instructional Materials, Higher Education Course Materials, Professional Publishing, and University Presses.

    Total sales across all categories for January 2020 rose 3.7% as compared to the first month of 2019, reaching $1.1 billion.

    Trade (Consumer) Revenues:

    Trade sales were also up 3.7%, coming in at $568 million. Downloaded Audio continued to grow, with a 14.6% increase as compared to January of last year, reaching $50 million in revenue. eBooks continued to decline, down 6.5% as compared to January 2019 for a total of $75 million.

    Education Categories:

    In the education sector, Higher Education Course Materials grew 2.7% year-over-year to $433 million, while PreK-12 Instructional Materials grew 3.8% to $58 million.

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    AAP’s StatShot

    Publisher net revenue, including sales to bookstores, wholesalers, direct to consumer, online retailers, etc., is tracked monthly by the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and includes revenue from about 1,360 publishers, with participation subject to change over time.

    StatShot reports are designed to give an up-to-date snapshot of the publishing industry using the best data currently available. The reports reflect participants’ most recent reported revenue for current and previous periods, enabling readers to compare revenue on a year-to-year basis within a given StatShot report.

    It is not, however, possible to make apples-to-apples comparisons to StatShot reports issued in previous years because: a) The number of StatShot participants fluctuates over time, with the pool of participants growing or shrinking in each report and b) It is a common accounting practices for businesses, including publishers, to restate revenue numbers based on updated information. If, for example, a business learns that its revenues were greater in a given year than its reports indicated, it will restate the revenues in subsequent reports, providing information that is more up-to-date and accurate.

  • “We are stunned by the Internet Archive’s aggressive, unlawful, and opportunistic attack on the rights of authors and publishers in the midst of the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

    “Publishers are working tirelessly to support the public with numerous, innovative, and socially-aware programs that address every side of the crisis: providing free global access to research and medical journals that pertain to the virus; offering complementary digital education materials to schools and parents; and expanding powerful storytelling platforms for readers of all ages. 

    “It is the height of hypocrisy that the Internet Archive is choosing this moment – when lives, livelihoods and the economy are all in jeopardy – to make a cynical play to undermine copyright, and all the scientific, creative, and economic opportunity that it supports.”

    See AAP's previous statement on the flawed theory of "controlled digital lending" here.

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  • The Association of American Publishers (AAP) has posted a COVID-19 central resource page (see here) to provide information about what publishers are doing to support authors, readers, researchers, educators, booksellers, and libraries during the coronavirus pandemic.   

    AAP President and CEO Maria A. Pallante commented on this unprecedented, industry-wide effort, stating:

    “Publishing is built upon the principal of transformation. Our normal focus is to invest in authors, champion education, and connect readers to stories and scholarship that inform, inspire and empower them.

    “Now, as the pandemic continues to threaten and disrupt our lives in unprecedented ways, the point of publishing is clearer than ever and publishers are embracing their responsibilities to the public. Across all sectors we see commercial publishing houses, nonprofit societies, and university presses working to address the crisis, with many publishers creating special programs, flexible licenses, and other initiatives to propel reading, learning, and commerce.

    “These initiatives include offering complimentary digital education materials, expanding powerful storytelling platforms for general public use, and making research and medical journals pertaining to the coronavirus freely available to the scientists and doctors who are on the frontlines of the pandemic."   

    AAP’s COVID-19 resource page will be continuously updated as more information is provided.

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  • The Association of American Publishers (AAP) issued the following comment from President & CEO Maria Pallante on the White House letter recently circulated to the scholarly publishing community from Chief Science Advisors or their equivalents in a dozen countries encouraging publishers to take action to help end the COVID-19 global health crisis.

    "The Association of American Publishers applauds the Administration’s leadership in convening researchers, funders, and publishers in the global emergency to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Publishers purposefully and continuously contribute to the advancement of science and medicine by investing billions of dollars in producing and disseminating high-quality, peer-reviewed journal articles. In this urgent and serious environment, we are grateful to the many publishers who are doing their part to communicate valuable discoveries, analyses, and data as quickly as possible, including by making their copyrighted articles pertaining to the virus freely available for public use during this crisis, in both text and machine-readable formats. Many publishers – both commercial companies and nonprofit societies – have been doing so for weeks."

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