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.

UNESCO Literacy Prizes 2014

Last updated on: Tue, 19/08/2014 - 10:53

On 11 August UNESCO announced the five winners for its International Literacy Prizes 2014. The Prizes consist of the King Sejong Literacy Prize for organisations that are involved in the fight for literacy, and the Confucius Prize for Literacy for organisations promoting literacy among rural adults and out-of-school youth, particularly women and girls. The theme chosen for this year’s awards was “literacy and sustainable development”. The winning organisations were from Ecuador, Burkina Faso, Algeria, Spain and South Africa.

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SEA Panama, the Panamanian RRO officially authorized to operate

Last updated on: Tue, 19/08/2014 - 10:36

On 18 July, the operations of the Authors and Publishers Association of Panama (SEA Panama) were authorized by the government. This became effective after the publication of the resolution on the Official Gazette.

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IFRRO sends open letter to European Commission Vice President Kroes

Last updated on: Tue, 29/07/2014 - 19:35

In an open letter to commissioner Neelie Kroes, IFRRO addresses issues raised in the speech given recently by the European Commission Vice President Kroes at the IViR Conference in Amsterdam.

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German Federal Court of Justice decides in favour of German RRO VG WORT

Last updated on: Fri, 04/07/2014 - 14:25

On 3 July 2014, the German Federal Court of Justice (BGH) announced its decision with respect to the question whether a copyright levy for printers and computers was due under the old German copyright law (in force until the end of 2007). The proceedings were brought by the German RRO VG WORT in 2002 against manufacturers, distributors and importers of printers and computers. 

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IFRRO makes statement at 28th WIPO SCCR

Last updated on: Fri, 04/07/2014 - 09:01

At the 28th session of the WIPO SCCR, IFRRO highlighted the critical role of authors, publishers and CMOs/RROs, in providing sustainable access to intellectual property in both developed and developing countries.

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EU Commission releases Action Plan on IPR enforcement

Last updated on: Wed, 02/07/2014 - 12:22

On 1 July 2014, the European Commission adopted a Communication on an EU Action Plan aiming at renewing the consensus on the enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

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Ugandan anti-piracy operation nets 80,000 books

Last updated on: Wed, 02/07/2014 - 11:19

Over half a million Euros worth of books have been seized according to the Ugandan Reproduction Rights Organisation (URRO) in anti-piracy operations.Photo Robert Womai
Photo: Robert Womai

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Copyright Society of Malawi signs bilateral agreement with Copyright Licensing Agency

Last updated on: Tue, 01/07/2014 - 14:53

The Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA) and the Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) have signed a bilateral agreement.


Photograph: Amos Kwadzanji

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IFRRO comments on draft Chinese Copyright Law

Last updated on: Fri, 27/06/2014 - 15:02

The State Council (SC) of China has  published a new draft text of the long-awaited revised Copyright Law and IFRRO, in consultation with our Chinese members CWWCS and MCSC, has submitted comments to the Legislative Affairs Office of the State Council. We have also sent our comments to the European Commission (DG Trade).

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US Supreme Court rules on American Broadcasting et al. v. Aereo

Last updated on: Thu, 26/06/2014 - 11:53

On 25 June 2014, the US Supreme Court held, by majority, that the Aereo TV streaming service is a “public performance” within the meaning of US Copyright law and therefore amounts to an infringement of copyright in the underlying content.

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