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.

Robert Levine on copyright protection: Do we want Internet companies to dictate our concept of individual rights?

Last updated on: Tue, 25/11/2014 - 11:38

Robert Levine, author of Free Ride: How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back has spoken to Publishing Perspectives about the launch of the IFRRO Value of Copyright Campaign and the need to protect copyright.

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AAP issues statement on copyright issues in education and for the visually impaired to the Committee on the Judiciary U.S. House of Representatives

Last updated on: Fri, 21/11/2014 - 09:17

The Association of American Publishers has issued a statement on copyright issues in education and for the visually impaired to the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property & Internet of the Committee on the Judiciary U.S. House of Representatives. It makes the following key points regarding current issues over what constitutes fair use for educational purposes:

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IFRRO resolution in support of Spanish authors, publishers and RRO

Last updated on: Tue, 18/11/2014 - 11:47

At its Annual General Meeting on 29 October, IFRRO approved a resolution in support of Spanish authors, publishers and RRO, CEDRO, our Spanish member.

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IFRRO celebrates World Congress and Annual General Meeting 2014 in Seoul

Last updated on: Mon, 17/11/2014 - 10:51

From 27 to 30 October, IFRRO members gathered in the city of Seoul (Korea) for the IFRRO World Congress and Annual General Meeting 2014. More than 200 participants, including delegates, observers, invited guests, local attendees and authorities, discussed trends, challenges and best practices relevant to the administration of authors rights and copyright under the theme Collective Management – Sharing Knowledge.

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Russia’s State Duma approves amendments to anti-piracy law

Last updated on: Mon, 17/11/2014 - 10:30

Russia’s State Duma, the parliament’s lower house, has approved amendments to the Russian anti-piracy law, which will cover books, videos, music and software.

The document will now be handed over to the Federation Council, the parliament’s upper house, for further consideration. If approved by the Federation Council and the president, the law is expected to come in force in May 2015.
More information is available here
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Copyright one of the 10 priorities of the European Commission

Last updated on: Fri, 14/11/2014 - 10:33

In a letter sent on 12 November to the President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz and to the Prime Minister of Italy and President of the Council of the European Union Matteo Renzi, the European Commission’s President Jean-Claude Juncker and First Vice-President Frans Timmermans have defined the ten priorities for the Commission’s 2015 working programme.

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Protection of Intellectual Property key to new industrial policy for Europe

Last updated on: Thu, 13/11/2014 - 10:38

The EPC Report A New Industrial Policy for Europe, authored by Claire Dhéret and Martina Morosi, with a contribution also from the IFRRO CEO in the Toolkit for implementing the Vision chapter, was presented at a conference in Brussels on 12 November, with nearly 300 attendees. The Report was well received by the audience.

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Slovakian Out-of-Commerce legislation in force

Last updated on: Wed, 12/11/2014 - 13:46

The Slovakian Out-of-Commerce legislation, based on the Extended Collective Licence (ECL) scheme, has come into force on 29 October 2014.

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Towards a New Industrial Policy for Europe, issue paper published the EPC

Last updated on: Wed, 12/11/2014 - 09:57

On Wednesday 12 November, the European Policy Centre, an influential Independent think tank, made available its issue paper No, 78 “Towards a New Industrial Policy for Europe”. The publication, which includes a contribution of Olav Stokkmo, IFRRO’s CEO, addresses the immediate challenges that EU industry has to face and aims at offering guiding principles of a new strategic vision for European regional policy and also a toolkit for the implementation of this vision. 

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Copibec launches $4 million class action lawsuit for copyright infringement

Last updated on: Wed, 12/11/2014 - 07:00

Copibec, the Quebc RRO, has filed a motion in Quebec Superior Court for authorization to launch a class action on behalf of thousands of authors and publishers from Quebec, the rest of Canada and other countries around the world because their copyright protected works have been copied without permission by Université Laval.

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