IFRRO, the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations, is the main international network of collective management organisations and creators’ and publishers’ associations in the text and image spheres. We work to protect and enable easy legal access to copyright material.


Spanish Supreme Court refers case on private copying levies to CJEU

Last updated on: Fri, 19/09/2014 - 16:16

On 18 September 2014, following an administrative appeal against the Royal Decree 1657/2012, filed by the Spanish CMOs VEGAP, EGEDA and DAMA concerning the legitimacy of the Spanish system of private copying levies, the Spanish Supreme Court has referred the following two questions to the European Court of Justice: 

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CJEU Advocate General suggests adoption of new 'causal event' jurisdiction criterion for online copyright infringement cases

Last updated on: Tue, 16/09/2014 - 14:18

On 11 September 2014, Advocate General (AG) Cruz Villalón released his Opinion in Case C-441/13, Pez Hejduk v EnergieAgentur.NRW GmbH, a reference for a preliminary ruling from Austria, seeking clarification as regards matters of private international law in online copyright infringement cases.

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CJEU Advocate General concludes that there can only be "analogue" exhaustion

Last updated on: Tue, 16/09/2014 - 14:13

Advocate General (AG) Cruz Villalón issued his Opinion (dated 11 September 2014) in Case C-419/13, Art & Allposters International BV v Stichting Pictoright, a reference for a preliminary ruling from the Dutch Supreme Court, clarifying the question whether a person who owns the copyright in a painting, who has previously consented to its marketing as a poster, can later object to the commercialisation of the s

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CJEU : If there is fair compensation, Member States may permit users to print out on paper or store on a USB stick the books digitised by a library

Last updated on: Tue, 16/09/2014 - 14:02

On 11 September 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has given judgment in Case C-117/13, Technische Universität Darmstadt v Eugen Ulmer KG, a reference from the German Bundesgerichtshof (Federal Court of Justice).

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IFRRO submission to public consultation by UN HCHR on the impact of IPR on the enjoyment of right to science and culture

Last updated on: Mon, 15/09/2014 - 13:56

Following the UN HCHR Special Rapporteur’s invitation for public comments (see: here), IFRRO has made a submission to the consultation regarding the impact of intellectual property regimes on the enjoyment of the right to science and culture.

IFRRO’s comments can be summarised as follows:

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WIPO CDIP: Study on collective management in the audiovisual sector

Last updated on: Mon, 15/09/2014 - 09:28

A recent study on collective management in the audiovisual sector was prepared for the WIPO Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP): “Study on Collective Negotiation of Rights and Collective Management of Rights in the Audiovisual Sector”, undertaken in the context of the Project on Strengthening and Development of the Audiovisual Sector in Burkina Faso and Certain African Countries.

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New European Commission announced

Last updated on: Wed, 10/09/2014 - 14:20

Jean-Claude Juncker, the President-elect of the European Commission, has presented his team today and announced the distribution of portfolios within the new college of Commissioners. The structure of the Commission has been published here.

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CJEU rules that if a parody conveys a discriminatory message, a person holding rights in the parodied work may demand that that work should not be associated with that message

Last updated on: Tue, 09/09/2014 - 16:18

On 3 September 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued its decision in Case C-201/13,  Johan Deckmyn and Vrijheidsfonds VZW v. Helena Vandersteen and Others, a reference for a preliminary ruling from Belgium, concerning the notion of parody under Article 5(3)(k) of the Information Society Directive 2001/29/EC.

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CJEU clarifies that EU has external competence to negotiate international agreements on broadcasting rights

Last updated on: Tue, 09/09/2014 - 16:11

The EU Court of Justice (CJEU) issued its decision in Case C-114/12, Commission v. Council, on 4 September 2014, concerning the EU’s external competence to negotiate copyright-related treaties regarding an action for annulment.

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Dutch court refers preliminary questions on the lending of e-books to EU Court of Justice

Last updated on: Tue, 09/09/2014 - 15:59

As reported in a press release (in Dutch), the Court of Appeal of The Hague (The Netherlands) decided on 3 September 2014 to refer preliminary questions on the lending of e-books to the EU Court of Justice (CJEU). The case concerns The Dutch Association of Public Libraries v. Stichting Leenrecht.

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