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Brill joins the International Publishers Copyright Protection Coalition in China

Brill joins the International Publishers Copyright Protection Coalition in China

Leiden, The Netherlands  ()

Leiden (NL) / Boston (MA) / Singapore (SG)  -  1 July 2015

Academic publisher Brill joins the International Publishers Copyright Protection Coalition in China to support efforts to create awareness about intellectual property rights and enter into dialogue with important stakeholders.

The International Publishers Copyright Protection Coalition in China (IPCC), celebrating its 5th anniversary, acts as a spokesperson for international publishers active in China and pro-actively enters into dialogue with different stakeholders in the public and private sector. Brill joined as the most recent 17th member and will be represented by Chinese speaking Legal Counsel, Mrs. Mieke de Vries Robbé, and Mrs. Liesbeth Kanis, Chief Representative and Business Development Manager Asia, based in Singapore. 

De Vries Robbé  sees the membership of IPCC as a key step in the development of Brill's activities in China: "As we are more active in the Chinese market, our products get more visibility, which in some instances, unfortunately, leads to abuse or misuse of our content. Partly this is due to lack of knowledge or unclarity about IP rights, but sometimes it can be driven by commercial gain. In IPCC we find a partner with whom we can help create awareness and liaise with key players in the government and private sector. I am looking forward to contribute to the IPCC's work."

IPCC just signed an important Memorandum of Understanding with the Alibaba Group to actively collaborate on copyright infringement and create awareness of Intellectual Property Rights. Mrs. Kanis was present at the signing on behalf of Brill. IPCC's full press release can be read here.

Coinciding with its 5th anniversary IPCC supported and helped organise the seminar: "Copyright in the Library and Educational Setting".  The seminar was co-sponsored by the National Copyright Administration of the PR China and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and assisted by the East China University of Political Science and Law.

For more information on IPCC contact Mr. Hugo Zhang, chairman, ( or for Brill's membership, Mrs. Liesbeth Kanis (

About Brill
Founded in 1683 in Leiden, the Netherlands, Brill is a leading international academic publisher in 20 main subject areas, including Middle East and Islamic Studies, Asian Studies, Classical Studies, History, Biblical and Religious Studies, Language & Linguistics, Biology, and International Law. With offices in Leiden and Boston and a representative office in Singapore, Brill today publishes 230 journals and around 1000 new books and reference works each year, available in both print and electronic form. Brill also markets a large number of primary source research collections and databases. The company's key customers are academic and research institutions, libraries, and scholars. Brill is a publicly traded company and is listed on Euronext Amsterdam NV. For more information, visit   


About the International Publishers Copyright Protection Coalition in China (IPCC)

The International Publishers Copyright Protection Coalition in China (IPCC) is a voluntary and not-for-profit coalition of representative offices of international publishers in China with the aim to protect its members' copyright, raise social awareness of copyright protection, and effectively prevent and fight against infringement by working with the governments, international trade associations and other stakeholders. Founded in 2010, IPCC's mission is Dialogue, Cooperation and Win-win. It is supported by The Publishers Association (UK) and the Association of American Publishers. It currently has 17 members.


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