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.

CLA agrees time and cost saving copyright arrangement for schools with UK Department for Education

Last updated on: Wed, 01/04/2015 - 11:02

The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA)  has reached an agreement with the UK Department for Education to provide a collective copyright licence that could save schools and councils up to £16.5 million per year1 when calculated across all the licences in the package. By centralising in this way each school’s administrative staff will no longer need to spend significant time and resources applying for and managing licences.

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South Africa: Government publishes Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Systems Bill

Last updated on: Mon, 30/03/2015 - 10:00

The South African Ministry of Science and Technology has published the  Protection, Promotion, Development and Management of Indigenous Knowledge Systems Bill, 2014 for public comment.  Members of the public and interested parties are invited to submit written comments on this Bill within 60 days from the date of publication (20 March 2015).

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Digital Single Market Strategy - European Commission presents areas of action

Last updated on: Fri, 27/03/2015 - 12:25

In conjunction with an orientation debate on 25 March 2015, the following three main areas of action were presented by the European Commission, while preparing the “Digital Single Market Strategy”:

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CJEU clarifies that live broadcasts on the Internet are not 'communication to the public'; nonetheless, these can be protected on a national level

Last updated on: Fri, 27/03/2015 - 11:21

On 26 March 2015, the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) published its ruling in Case C 279/13, C More Entertainment, a reference for a preliminary ruling from the Supreme Court of Sweden, asking whether EU Member States may give wider protection to the exclusive right of authors by enabling ‘communication to the public’ to cover a greater range of acts than provided for in Article 3(1) of the Information Society Directive 2001/29/EC.

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Australia introduces new online infringement bill

Last updated on: Fri, 27/03/2015 - 10:41

A new Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill has been introduced to the Australian Parliament this week.

The Bill provides that copyright owners would be able to apply directly to the Federal Court for an injunction to disable access to an infringing online location, without having to first establish the Carriage Service Provider's (CSP) liability for copyright infringement or authorisation of copyright infringement.

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Publishers call for copyright protection and freedom of expression

Last updated on: Thu, 26/03/2015 - 11:21

 The 30th International Publishers Congress, in Bangkok, concluded with a series of calls for copyright protection, improved book policies and protection of freedom of expression.

Click here for the full press release

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Russia will deploy “Digital Fingerprinting” to enforce copyright online

Last updated on: Wed, 25/03/2015 - 10:45

Global Voices reports that the Russian Ministry of Communications and Media will create a register containing information about intellectual property rights holders in Russia. This would probably be based on the principle of digital fingerprinting and would be used to track and protect copyrighted files online.

See more from Tetyana Lokot in Global Voices.

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IP Protection is Key to U.S. Job Creation

Last updated on: Wed, 25/03/2015 - 09:29

According to an article by Dr. Kristina Lybecker in IP Watchdog, young start-up companies and especially IP intensive ones are the key to job creation in the US.

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#CopyrightForFreedom - FEP launch call to recognise Copyright as guarantee for Freedom of Expression

Last updated on: Tue, 24/03/2015 - 13:26

At the 2015 Paris Book Fair the Federation of European Publisher has appealed to the publishing world to rally round the theme that freedom of expression is upheld by a sensible copyright system, which allows the literary ecosystem to flourish.

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ALCS launches "Wise up to Copyright"

Last updated on: Mon, 23/03/2015 - 14:45

The UK Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) has launched a resource to make authors aware of the main principle that enables them to make a living - namely copyright.

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