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.

CJEU: request for a preliminary ruling on the French out-of-commerce legislation

Last updated on: Wed, 29/07/2015 - 17:27

The French Council of State (Conseil d’Etat) has asked the Court of Justice of the European Union to give a preliminary ruling on a case related to collective management and the right to authorise the reproduction and the representation in digital form of out-of-print books.

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Copyright Board of Canada accepts the request of Access Copyright to consolidate proceedings and organise an oral hearing

Last updated on: Wed, 29/07/2015 - 06:40

The Copyright Board of Canada has responded positively to a request by Access Copyright, the Canadian RRO, to schedule an oral hearing during which its proposed post-secondary tariffs will be discussed. The Copyright Board also agreed to consolidate the tariff proceedings for the years 2011-2014 and 2014-2017 as suggested by Access Copyright.

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Draft Belgian law, implementing the EU orphan works directive, approved by Belgian Council of Ministers

Last updated on: Sun, 26/07/2015 - 04:00

Following a proposal by the Belgian Minister of Employment, Economy and Consumers, Kris Peeters, the Belgian Council of Ministers approved a draft law, transposing Directive 2012/28/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on certain permitted uses of works orphan works into Belgian law. The draft law will now be submitted for the opinion of the Belgian Conseil d’Etat.

See also: presscenter.org

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Canada: future of educational publishing jeopardized by refusal to take up licences and pay fair remuneration to rightholders

Last updated on: Fri, 24/07/2015 - 13:23

A study carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers on the economic impacts of the Guidelines on fair dealing established by educational institutions in Canada has just been published, and its main outcomes are particularly worrisome since they show that educational publishing is in danger and could eventually disappear if fair compensation is not paid to rightholders.

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UK High Court quashes UK private copying exception

Last updated on: Sun, 19/07/2015 - 16:40

On 17 July 2015, the UK High Court – following the judicial review of the (controversial) introduction of the private copying exception into English law in October 2014 – decided that this new exception should be revoked entirely.

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Who are the addressees of the three-step test in Article 5(5) of the EU Information Society Directive?

Last updated on: Tue, 14/07/2015 - 10:23

Unlike the three-step test in international copyright instruments, it is uncertain who the addressees of the test in Article 5(5) of the EU Information Society Directive 2001/29/EC are.
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Open Access included in Dutch Copyright Act / IFRRO Position Paper on Open Access

Last updated on: Mon, 13/07/2015 - 16:41

On 1 July 2015, an amendment to the Dutch Copyright Act, Wet Auteurscontractenrecht (in Dutch), became effective.
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European Parliament adopts report on the implementation of Directive 2001/29

Last updated on: Fri, 10/07/2015 - 11:00

The European Parliament (EP) adopted yesterday, 9th of July, a report on the implementation of Directive 2001/29/EC (the “InfoSoc Directive”) following more than five months of discussions that had started when a first draft report was released by Member of the European Parliament Julia Reda in January 2015.
The report in its final form will soon be made available on the Parliament’s website and is almost exactly the same as the one that was adopted by the EP Legal Affairs Committee on 16 June.
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French magazine fined for encouraging piracy

Last updated on: Tue, 07/07/2015 - 14:51

A computer magazine was fined by a French court on 12 June 2015 for releasing an issue in which readers were told how and from which sources they could download illegal content.
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IFRRO statement at the 30th WIPO SCCR

Last updated on: Fri, 03/07/2015 - 08:55

The 30th meeting of the WIPO SCCR (Standing Committee on Copyright Related Rights) continued its discussions on library exceptions and limitations. Having agreed to use a methodology proposed by Martín Moscoso, the session Chair, which suggests to deal with 11 topics selected by the WIPO Member States, the discussions on 2 July focused on preservation of copyright works by libraries and archives. IFRRO acknowledges the important role of libraries in preserving and making available cumulative knowledge, and that there are countries where appropriate exceptions may be required.

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