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.


IFRRO submits comments on Singapore Copyright Law review

Last updated on: Mon, 26/09/2016 - 10:42

IFRRO has submitted comments to the Singapore Government in response to its Copyright Review Law.  The comments oppose the broadening of the exception in the Singapore copyright legislation to allow reproduction and making available of up to 10% of a published work without consent and remuneration of the rightholders.

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UK ALCS distributes more than £9 million

Last updated on: Mon, 26/09/2016 - 09:45

The UK Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) has paid out £9,068,786.48 (net) to 22,580 members in its September 2016 distribution.  A total of 161 agencies and 42 overseas societies were paid. The highest earning works in this distribution include textbooks, crime fiction, children’s fiction and TV drama.

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Sylvie Forbin becomes the new head of copyright issues at WIPO

Last updated on: Tue, 20/09/2016 - 14:57

IFRRO welcomes WIPO designation, Ms Sylvie Forbin, as the new Deputy Director General for Copyright and Creative Industries.
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IFRRO Asia Pacific Committee expresses concerns regarding proposed changes to the Australian copyright framework

Last updated on: Tue, 20/09/2016 - 09:25

The IFRRO Asia Pacific Committee, bringing together 21 representatives from 10 countries in the Asia Pacific region at its Annual Meeting on 22-23 August 2016 in Sydney, Australia, passed a resolution in which it expressed strong concerns on several of the proposed changes to the Australian copyright framework reflected in the the Productivity Commission’s Draft Recommendations on Copyright in that country.
 
The resolution urges the Australian Government to reject certain of the findings and proposals of the Productivity Commission report, in particular with rega
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IFRRO, OAPI and WIPO co-organise a Regional Consultation on the TAG initiative

Last updated on: Fri, 16/09/2016 - 13:48

On 5 and 6 September, a regional consultation on the TAG initiative (Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance) took place in Yaoundé, Cameroon, at the headquarters of OAPI (Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle).
 
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Final report on the consultation for a publisher’s neighbouring right; no opposition to granting publishers a right to be remunerated along with authors for uses authorised under agreements with RROs

Last updated on: Thu, 15/09/2016 - 16:00

Alongside with yesterday’s release of the legislative package on the Review of the Copyright rules the EU Commission also published its report on the results on the public consultation “on the role of publishers in the copyright value chain” conducted in the first half of this year. The objective regarding publishers was to gather views in particular on the impact for a  EU neighbouring right for publishers.
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European Commission unveils copyright package

Last updated on: Wed, 14/09/2016 - 14:17

On 14 September, the European Commission has published a set of proposals to review copyright rules at EU level.
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RRO in Slovenia signs licencing agreements with educational institutions

Last updated on: Thu, 01/09/2016 - 17:19

After years of negotiations and efforts, SAZOR, the RRO set up by Slovenian authors and publishers, and a member of IFRRO, has signed in August a breakthrough agreement covering the reproduction of copyright-protected works in kindergartens, boarding schools and high schools, which was followed weeks later by the validation of another agreement for the copying of works in primary schools.
 
The agreements signed will allow Slovenian rightholders to receive a fair compensation for the reproduction of their works in educational institutions while ensuring safe and e
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UK's DACS distributes £16.7 million in royalties

Last updated on: Mon, 29/08/2016 - 09:10

According to its latest Annual Report, DACS, the UK visual artists’ rights management organisation, distributed a record £16.7 million in royalties to over 26,000 artists and estates in 2015.  This represents an increase of 11% since the previous year. The number of artists and estates who benefitted increased from 19,000 to 26,000.

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CJEU: Request for a preliminary ruling on private copying and cloud services

Last updated on: Thu, 25/08/2016 - 11:22

On 12 May 2016, an Italian tribunal, the Tribunale ordinario di Torino, has submitted a request for a preliminary ruling to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Two questions have been referred to the Court, relating to the private copying of videos in the cloud and the lawfulness of a national legislation allowing such private copying through a compulsory licencing scheme:
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