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.

German Parliament adopts new provisions regarding the share for publishers

Last updated on: Mon, 09/01/2017 - 10:57

The German Parliament adopted a new legislation on author’s contractual law and new provisions regarding the publisher share issue, as part of the new legislation. The new legal rules were finally approved by the Bundestag on December 15th and by the Bundesrat on December 16th. The publishers’ share provisions already entered into force on 24 December 2016.The new law makes it clear that joint collective management organization representing authors and publishers have a legal basis. 

Spanish Supreme Court confirms ruling against Youkioske

Last updated on: Fri, 06/01/2017 - 15:32

On 15 December, the Spanish Supreme Court confirmed the earlier ruling against Youkioske which was issued by the National Audience back in February 2016.. The Supreme Court held  that the Youkioske website gave ilegal access to thousands of newspapers and magazines without the copyright holders authorisation.

European Parliament adopts report on a coherent EU policy in support of cultural and creative industries

Last updated on: Mon, 19/12/2016 - 14:10

The European Parliament has adopted a report recognising the importance of cultural and creative industries (CCI) as engines of economic growth and “ambassadors of European values”.  The report calls on the European Parliament to take a more structured approach to the sector and to ensure that creators get their fair share of the benefits coming from the explosion of consumption of creative content made possible by the digital revolution.  It identifies a “value gap” where platform services retain too much of the value of creative works and insists that “liability exemptions should not appl

Delhi University Case Appeal Judgment

Last updated on: Wed, 14/12/2016 - 17:35

On 9 December, the High Court of Delhi delivered its ruling in the appeal of the Delhi University Case.  It rejected the publishers’ claim that Delhi University needs to get a license from IRRO and seek permission for preparing course packs. However, the court of first instance still needs to adjudicate on the types of course packs that are permissible.

Malta: a better protection of copyright, including through collective management, is needed

Last updated on: Mon, 12/12/2016 - 13:38

In an opinion piece published in the Times of Malta, the oldest and most widely circulated newspaper on the island, Chris Gruppetta, Director of Publishing at Merlin Publishers, is raising awareness about the need to better protect and respect copyright. In this thorough article, Mr. Gruppetta explains why the fair remuneration paid for the reproduction of copyright-protected works is so vital for authors and publishers: without it, and without a proper enforcement of copyright, it is difficult to see how local content could continue to be produced.

EWC announces Board changes

Last updated on: Thu, 01/12/2016 - 15:04
On 27 and 28 November 2016, European Writers' Council (EWC) held its Annual General Assembly in Brussels. As a result, some changes were made at the level of the Board. Mr. Nick Yapp (UK) has stepped down as President and was replaced by Ms.

Copyright Agency AGM: Digital licensing expands revenue with a $115m return to members

Last updated on: Wed, 14/12/2016 - 09:09

Australia's Copyright Agency Annual General Meeting on 23 November reported a distribution of $115m to its members in the 2015-16 financial year, with a positive expansion in digital licensing, particularly among corporates, media intelligence companies and colleges.  

For full report click here.

IFRRO Annual General Meeting 2016

Last updated on: Fri, 02/12/2016 - 09:36
IFRRO held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2016 on 2 November in Amsterdam. The meeting was opened by IFRRO President Mr. Rainer Just, and by the Dutch Minister of Security and Justice, Mr. Ard van der Steur

Photo by Taina Bagmeijer courtesy of Stichting Reprorecht

Côte d’Ivoire: new law on copyright is enacted, including provisions on reprography

Last updated on: Thu, 17/11/2016 - 13:50
On 20 October 2016, the new law on copyright and related rights (Loi n°2016-555 du 26 juillet 2016 relative au droit d’auteur et aux droits voisins) has been published in the Official Journal of Côte d’Ivoire. The law enables BURIDA, IFRRO’s RRO member in Côte d’Ivoire, to administer reprographic rights on behalf of authors and publishers.

IFRRO adopts resolution on framing at its AGM in Amsterdam

Last updated on: Tue, 15/11/2016 - 15:31
Visual creators in membership of IFRRO proposed a resolution on framing that urges European legislators to address the legal uncertainty caused by the recent rulings of the European Court of Justice on links and application of framing and embedding technology for displays and reuse of protected works already made available on the world-wide-web. The resolution was unanimously adopted by the IFRRO AGM on 2 November in Amsterdam. 
The resolution is available here