Public Policy

  • Copyright

    The Association of American Publishers is an active participant in the House Judiciary Committee hearings, Department of Commerce Green Paper public consultations and Copyright Office inquiries on the current state of US copyright law and its basic legislative framework.

    AAP supports consideration of possible legislative reform to meet evolving needs of creators and users of copyrighted works. But we first seek a thorough review examining where non-legislative actions may be better options to improve what works and to achieve necessary corrections consistent with international obligations.

    Copyright owners need clarity in the law to promote predictability in markets; continue their investments in creative products, technological innovation and business models; address piracy; and meet consumer needs. Users of copyrighted works also need clarity including appropriate copyright limitations and exceptions to support certain consumer usage. A thorough review of US copyright law will help federal courts better understand and apply Congressional intent while reminding state legislatures that copyright is a matter of exclusive federal jurisdiction.

    View the public statements AAP has submitted:

    House Judiciary Committee

    Department of Commerce

    Copyright Office

  • Freedom of Expression

    Book publishers are committed to defending the freedoms to read, write and publish across the U.S. and the world and are recognized as leaders in this critical effort.

  • Copyright Protection Worldwide

    The protection of intellectual property in all media, around the world, ranks among the publishing industry’s highest priorities.

  • K-12

    Publishers serving schools and students in grades Kindergarten through 12 are addressing such issues as instructional materials adoption, funding and technology in the classroom.

  • Higher Education

    These publishers, who are the nation’s leading developers of post-secondary course materials, are producing solutions that lead to student success.

  • Professional and Scholarly Publishing

    The members of the PSP division publish, in print and electronic form, the vast majority of materials produced and used by scholars and professionals in science, medicine, technology, business, law and the humanities. These include books, journals, computer software, databases and CD-ROMs.