23 April is a symbolic date for world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.

It was a natural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. In this regard, UNESCO created the World Book and Copyright Day.

Ukraine acceded to the main international agreements in this field. This means that both national and foreign authors in the Ukraine have the rights set out in national legislation. However, the authors oftenneed assistance of specialists in this field. In case of necessity Institute can give consultations on issues related to the intellectual property rights, including copyright.

Institute as a research institution in the sphere of intellectual property is always opened for cooperation aimed at the promoting of the protection of the rights of authors and other creators.

Congratulations to all the creative people on the holiday! Good inspiration and realization of creativeideas!

23 April – World Book and Copyright Day