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.

Australian Government rejects proposal to reduce copyright life from 70 years

Last updated on: Tue, 24/05/2016 - 19:10

Australian Communications Minister Senator Mitch Fifield has dismissed reports that the Australian Government intends to amend the copyright act including shortening copyright life from 70 to 15 or 20 years as recently proposed in a report from the Productivity Commission.

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Ministers from 14 EU Member States send letter on free data flows to EU Commission and Council

Last updated on: Tue, 24/05/2016 - 10:04

On 23 May, ministers from fourteen European Union Member States have signed a joint letter calling on the European Commission and the Netherlands, who currently hold the rotating presidency of the Council, to loosen restrictions on data flows.

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Intellectual property alone does not promote innovation according to the Brazilian vice-president of the National Institute of Intellectual Property

Last updated on: Mon, 23/05/2016 - 13:00

IP Tango blog recently reported the remarks of Mr Mauro Maia, the vice-president of the Brazilian Instituto Nacional da Propriedade Industrial (INPI)'s, on intellectual property and its relevance to the country. Mr Maia pointed out that IP as a legal instrument and system does not promote development by itself. 
Mr Maia affirmed that IP was useful and relevant to the innovation environment, but that it does ‘not promote development’ by itself despite its relevance and use in innovation environments.
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IFRRO Statements at 32nd WIPO SCCR 8-13 May

Last updated on: Wed, 18/05/2016 - 13:01

IFRRO made statements at the 32nd WIPO SCCR in relation to Library Exceptions - covering both crossborder accessibility and orphan works - and on Educational Exceptions.

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Slovakia adopts entirely new Copyright Act and implements CRM Directive

Last updated on: Tue, 17/05/2016 - 11:21

At the beginning of 2016, Slovakia adopted a new Copyright Act, replacing the previous one and containing a number of changes, in line with the EU InfoSoc Directive from 2001 as well as with recent case-law of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). Through this new Act, Slovakia has also implemented the EU Collective Rights Management (CRM) Directive adopted in 2014.

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Australian Productivity Commission proposals would stifle Australian content

Last updated on: Wed, 11/05/2016 - 09:50

Proposals to impose a US-style intellectual property arrangement in Australia made by the Productivity Commission would lead to serious job losses throughout Australia’s creative community, according to Adam Suckling, CEO of Copyright Agency, the Australian RRO.

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Copyright Clearance Center Acquires Ixxus

Last updated on: Mon, 09/05/2016 - 09:14

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), the US RRO, has acquired London-based Ixxus, a software professional services firm and leading provider of publishing solutions that reinvent the way organizations work with content.  With offices in the UK, US, Spain and Romania, Ixxus is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of CCC. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Publishers excluded from new German CMO law but Bundestag seeks European/national solutions to protect their rights

Last updated on: Mon, 09/05/2016 - 08:57

The German Parliament Bundestag) has adopted a new German Collective Management law, which does not include the publisher share issue and completely replaces the old law. However the Bundestag agreed on a resolution supporting the current system of joint CMOs of authors and publishers and requesting both the German Federal Government and the European Commission to find a solution which will enable publishers to participate in the existing legal claims to remuneration in accordance with previous practice.

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Leaked draft EU Communication on online platforms

Last updated on: Wed, 04/05/2016 - 14:12

As part of the European Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy and following a public consultation launched in September 2015, the EU Executive body is working on the role of online platforms and the possible need to regulate them. As summarised on the dedicated webpage,

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New ruling of the Court of Justice of the EU on fair compensation for private copying

Last updated on: Thu, 28/04/2016 - 14:23

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled on 21 April in Austro-Mechana v Amazon (case C-572/14) that the entity in charge of collecting the fair compensation stemming from a private copying exception (as provided in Article 5(2)(b) of the EU Copyright Directive) can claim missing payments in the Member State where those have arisen – meaning, in short, that a CMO in charge of collecting private copying levies can start proceedings for failure to pay in the Member State where the recording media or devices have been placed on the market. 
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