Name : World Book and Copyright Day
World Book and Copyright Day 2009 : Thursday, April 23, 2009
World Book and Copyright Day 2010 : Friday, April 23, 2010
World Book and Copyright Day 2011 and more....
Although 23 April is often stated as the anniversary of the deaths of both Shakespeare and Cervantes, this is not strictly correct. Cervantes died on 23 April according the Gregorian calendar; however, at this time England still used the Julian calendar. Whilst Shakespeare died on 23 April by the Julian calendar in use in his own country at the time, actually he died ten days after Cervantes, because of the discrepancy between the two date systems. The apparent correspondence of the two dates was a fortunate coincidence for UNESCO.
Since then, World Book Day UK has followed a similar pattern, .....
- World Book and Copyright Day
- Books and Reading
One of the most important achievements was the introduction of the universal copyright symbol © at the UNESCO-organized conference at which the Universal Copyright Convention was adopted.
- Text of the Universal Copyright Convention as revised at Paris on 24 July 1971
- Protection of Folklore
- UN Literacy Decade 2003 - 2012
- Copyright and Related Rights
- E-Commerce and Copyright
- Intellectual Property Digital Library
- Information Meeting on Educational Content and Copyright in the Digital Age (2005 : Geneva)
- WIPO Copyright Treaty
- Patentscope Database
The additional resources links on this page are provided for information purposes only and do not necessarily represent an endorsement by the United Nations.
- Centro Regional para el Fomento del Libro en América Latina y el Caribe
- Commonwealth of Learning
- Copyright Research and Information Center (Japan)
- EUCLID International
- European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations
European Publishers Council
- Intellectual Property Watch
- International Board on Books for Young People
- International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions
- International ISBN Agency
- International Publishers Association
- International Reading Association
- United States Copyright Office
A range of activities to promote reading and the cultural aspects of books are held all over the world. Many of these emphasize international cooperation or friendships between countries. Events include: relay readings of books and plays; the distribution of bookmarks; the announcement of the winners of literary competitions; and actions to promote the understanding of laws on copyright and the protection of authors' intellectual property.
In some years, the Children's and Young People's Literature in the Service of Tolerance is awarded. This is a prize for novels, collections of short stories or picture books that promote tolerance, peace, mutual understanding and respect for other peoples and cultures. There are two categories: one for books aimed at children aged up to 12 years; and one for those aimed at young people aged 13 to 18 years.
World Book and Copyright Day is an occasion to pay a worldwide tribute to books and authors and to encourage people to discover the pleasure of reading. It is hoped that this will lead to the renewed respect for those who have made irreplaceable contributions to social and cultural progress. In some years, the UNESCO Prize for Children's and Young People's Literature in the Service of Tolerance is awarded. It is also hoped that World Book and Copyright Day will increase people's understanding of and adherence to copyright laws and other measures to protect intellectual copyright.
The year 1995 was named the United Nations Year for Tolerance and UNESCO's General Conference, held in Paris, concentrated on this theme. The delegates voted to establish an annual occasion to carry the message of tolerance into the future, in the form of a day to celebrate books, authors and the laws that protect them. The date was chosen because April 23 marks the anniversary of the birth or death of a range of internationally renowned writers and because of the Catalan traditions surrounding this day. In Catalonia, a region of Spain, April 23 is known as La Diada de Sant Jordi (St George's Day) and it is traditional for sweethearts to exchange books and roses. World Book and Copyright Day has been held annually since 1995.
Each year a poster is designed and distributed around the world. It features images designed to encourage people, particularly children, to read books and appreciate literature. There is also a logo for World Book and Copyright Day. It features a circle, representing the world, and two books, one of which is open.
United Nations: World Book and Copyright Day
It is hoped that apart from fostering an increased understanding of and adherence to copyright laws and other measures to safeguard intellectual copyright, the activities scheduled in various parts of the globe to mark the celebration will continue to promote tolerance, peace, mutual understanding, and respect for the diverse and rich cultures of the world.