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.


Copyright Industries continue to be a significant contributor to the Australian economy

Last updated on: Mon, 27/04/2015 - 09:25

Copyright industries in Australia employ 8.7% of the workforce, contribute 7.1% of GDP and generate 1.8% of total exports according to a new survey by PwC commissioned by Australian Copyright Council (ACC). The report, which covers the period 2002-2014, has been updated with the 2014 figures, which show that copyright industries still make a significant contribution to the Australian economy.

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RDI project presents to the European Parliament's Working Group on IPR and Copyright Reform

Last updated on: Thu, 23/04/2015 - 14:56

On 22 April, the Rights Data Integration (RDI) project was presented to the European Parliament's Working Group on IPR and Copyright Reform, chaired by MEP Jean-Marie Cavada.

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Major global piracy ring found liable for copyright infringement

Last updated on: Thu, 23/04/2015 - 11:17

In an action co-financed by IFRRO, Operators of pirated content sites have been handed a substantial judgment in the United States for intentionally infringing copyrights, according to an announcement from International Publishers Association (IPA).

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What are words worth now? – Top 5% of writers get 42% of authors’ earnings while most are below minimum wage

Last updated on: Tue, 21/04/2015 - 10:09

The UK Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) has released further figures from its survey of authors’ earning which show that only a handful of top earning authors make a living out of writing while the majority earn less than the minimum wage from their writing.

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Press sector joins the campaign for #CopyrightForFreedom

Last updated on: Fri, 17/04/2015 - 18:10

The press publishers' organisations ENPA, EMMA, EPC, have joined the recently launched #CopyrightForFreedom campaign. The campaign that is currently running in different social media platforms, aims at putting the spotlight on the importance of freedom of expression in the context of the ongoing debate on the copyright reform.

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CJEU Advocate General: Banking secrecy can, under certain conditions, prevail over IP enforcement

Last updated on: Fri, 17/04/2015 - 15:12

On 16 April 2015, Advocate General (AG) Cruz Villalón issued his Opinion in case C-580/13, Coty Germany GmbH v. Stadtsparkasse Magdeburg, a reference from the German Bundesgerichtshof (German Federal Court of Justice) to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). 

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CEDRO and the University of the Basque Country reach an agreement on digital uses of copyright material

Last updated on: Thu, 16/04/2015 - 09:58

CEDRO, IFRRO’s RRO member in Spain, has recently reached an agreement with the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) regarding the use of copyright material. The agreement will allow the UPV/EHU to legally make use of material such as books and periodical publications. It means that up to 80% of the teaching activity is covered since the university works nowadays mainly in the digital environment.

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Some authoritative sources on copyright

Last updated on: Tue, 14/04/2015 - 08:34

As never before, the issues of copyright, and the key role it plays in the global economy, are to the forefront all around the world. However, often the discussions are one-sided, lacking objectivity and frequently based on perceptions rather than hard facts.

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New Spanish Penal Code introduces changes to regulation regarding crimes against intellectual property

Last updated on: Mon, 13/04/2015 - 10:48

On 26 March, the Spanish National Assembly passed a comprehensive reform to the Penal Code. Among many other changes, the new law modifies certain aspects that could facilitate the prosecution of behaviours that violate intellectual property. Especially relevant are the ones related with online piracy. 

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U.S. Commerce Department Announces Digital Millennium Copyright Act Multistakeholder Forum Results

Last updated on: Fri, 10/04/2015 - 08:27

The U.S. Department of Commerce's Internet Policy Task Force, through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), has released a document developed by stakeholders containing a set of agreed upon practices aimed at improving the operation of the notice and takedown system under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

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