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.


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

Last updated on: Wed, 07/12/2016 - 10:23

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.

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

Last updated on: Thu, 01/12/2016 - 09:11

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.

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IFRRO Annual General Meeting 2016

Last updated on: Tue, 29/11/2016 - 09:27

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
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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.
 
Article 105 of the law grants a remuneration right to authors and publishers for the reprographic reproduction of works, to be administered exclusively by the Collective Management Organisation.
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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.
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Spanish Supreme Court strikes down the State-funded compensation scheme for private copying

Last updated on: Tue, 15/11/2016 - 15:22

Following the decision of the Court of Justice of the EU in the Egeda case in June 2016 (reported here), the Supreme Court of Spain has declared void and inapplicable the Royal decree that had resulted in private copying levies being replaced by a compensation paid from the State budget (Real Decreto 1657/2012).
 
Magdalena Vinent, CEO of CEDRO, the Spanish RRO in membership of IFRRO, has <
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IFRRO Statement on the U.S. Copyright Register

Last updated on: Mon, 14/11/2016 - 14:53

At its Annual General Meeting 2016 in Amsterdam, IFRRO members adopted a statement on the U.S. Copyright Register. IFRRO acknowledges the work of Maria Pallante, her resignation is a tremendous loss for the Copyright Office and for America’s creators, innovators, and users of copyrighted works. 
 
The statement also expresses IFRRO’s support to the Acting Register, Karyn Temple Claggett, while the search for a permanent replacement is in process.
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EUIPO and EPO present second edition of study on the economic contribution of IPR-intensive industries

Last updated on: Thu, 10/11/2016 - 09:55

The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO, formerly known as OHIM) and the European Patents Office (EPO) have published the second edition of a study on the economic contribution of the IPR-intensive industries in Europe.
 
In line with the findings of the first edition that had been released in 2013, the study shows that more than 42% of the total economic activity in the EU is generated by IPR-intensive
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ABC announces call for nominations for its International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing 2017

Last updated on: Thu, 10/11/2016 - 09:44

The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) is now inviting nominations for its International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing. The deadline is 15 December, 2016.  
 
The ABC International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing recognizes outstanding leadership and achievements in advancing the accessibility of commercial e-books or other digital publications for persons who are print disabled.  Winners will be presented with awards at the annual event held at the London Book Fair on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
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