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.

WIPO: Sylvie Forbin named Deputy Director General for Copyright and Creative Industries

Last updated on: Thu, 14/07/2016 - 16:28

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has named Ms Sylvie Forbin as the new Deputy Director General for the Copyright and Creative Industries Sector (previously known as the Culture and Creative Industries Sector).
Ms Forbin, a French national, was working until now for the mass media company Vivendi as Senior Vice President for Public and European Affairs.
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European Commission adopts EU-US Privacy Shield, a new framework for transatlantic data flows

Last updated on: Wed, 13/07/2016 - 16:44

On 12 July 2016, the European Commission announced that it had adopted the EU-US Privacy Shield, a new framework to “protect the fundamental rights of anyone in the European Union whose personal data is transferred to the United States” and to bring “legal clarity for businesses relying on transatlantic data transfers”.
The adoption of this framework is the result of nine months of intense negotiations between the EU and the US; as reported by IFRRO, following the invalidation
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CJEU Advocate General's opinion in case related to the digitisation of “out-of-print books” in France

Last updated on: Fri, 08/07/2016 - 04:59

On 7 July 2016, Advocate General to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) Melchior Wathelet has delivered his opinion in Case C‑301/15 (Soulier and Doke v Ministre de la Culture et de la Communication, Premier ministre).

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Marrakesh Treaty comes into force with 20th signature - from Canada

Last updated on: Thu, 30/06/2016 - 15:18

Canada deposited its Marrakesh Treaty accession instrument today.  The Marrakesh Treaty now has twenty members, which is the number needed for the Treaty to come into force.  That will happen after a three-month period, on September 30, 2016.

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Christian Roblin receives the highest French honour: la Légion d'Honneur.

Last updated on: Thu, 30/06/2016 - 08:24

Christian Roblin, managing director of Sofia, has been awarded the insignia of Chevalier in the French National Order of the Legion of Honour in recognition of his valuable contribution to the cultural influence of writers and publishers and the defence of copyright. The award was presented by Charles Vallée, Professor Emeritus of Law and former president of the famous French legal publishing company Dalloz, to his former right-hand man.

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Nigerian Copyright Commission and National Universities Commission partner on Copyright Law Enforcement

Last updated on: Wed, 29/06/2016 - 08:26

The Nigerian National Universities Commission (NUC) is ready to partner with the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) to ensure that Nigerian Universities comply with copyright laws on published materials, the Executive Secretary, NUC, Professor Julius Okojie has announced.  The statement came during a visit to the Commission by NCC Director General Mr. Afam Ezekude and other consultants from outside Nigeria including Mr. David Uwemedimo, Director WIPO Copyright Infrastructure Division, and Mr Jim Alexander, International Copyright Consultant and former IFRRO Vice President.

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58 Members of the European Parliament sign open letter on liability of online platforms

Last updated on: Tue, 21/06/2016 - 13:22

On 20 June, an open letter was sent to the European Commission by 58 Members of the European Parliament, asking EC President Jean-Claude Juncker, Vice-President Andrus Ansip and Commissioner Günther Oettinger to look into the “transfer of value that has emerged due to the lack of clarity regarding the status of these online services” – specifically referring to user-uploaded content platforms and content aggregation services, such as YouTube.
In view of the planned release of a copyright package in autumn 2016, Members of the European Parliament from different p
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Authors and publishers struggling in wake of Canadian copyright reform

Last updated on: Mon, 20/06/2016 - 16:13

In an article with CBC News, John Degen, Executive Director of the Writers' Union of Canada, claims that the changes in Canadian copyright law are reducing the income and output of authors and leading to the exclusion of local texts in schools in favour of cheaper or free foreign works.  80% of authors earn less than the poverty line from their writing and publishers are struggling to survive, especially in the educational field.

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IFRRO sends letter to the Ministry of Culture in Uruguay about legislative changes and the negative impact for authors and publishers

Last updated on: Mon, 20/06/2016 - 11:02

On Thursday 16 June, IFRRO addressed the Uruguayan Ministry of Culture, Ms María Julia Muñoz, through a letter where we asked her to look into recent proposed changes to the copyright legislation in her country. The changes concern wide exceptions for educative purposes without considering the possibility of legal access via a collective licence from the RRO, or directly from authors and publishers.
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Belgium: draft government bill on reprography could threaten the future of authors and publishers

Last updated on: Fri, 17/06/2016 - 13:05

A draft bill has been presented by the Belgian Government on 9 June to amend the legal framework for reprography. According to Reprobel, the Belgian RRO in membership of IFRRO, the bill, if it is not amended, would be a “serious threat to the future of authors and publishers”.

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