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.

Collective Management – a flexible way of providing access; Solutions exist, and they work! IFRRO CEO’s end of year message.

Last updated on: Thu, 18/12/2014 - 11:04

Olav Stokkmo, IFRRO CEO

A current principal driver of the copyright debate is the request to provide access to and make available the vast and growing store of knowledge and invention. This may, for instance, be in academic texts, works of literature or objects of cultural significance.

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Property Rights Alliance publishes International Property Rights Index 2014

Last updated on: Wed, 17/12/2014 - 10:47

New Zealand, the Nordic countries, Singapore, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Canada top the list of countries in the 2014 edition of the International Property Rights Index (IPRI) published by the Property Rights Alliance.

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Agreements rather than legislation offer best solution for libraries and archives – IFRRO statement to SCCR

Last updated on: Tue, 16/12/2014 - 12:43

In a statement to the 29th meeting of the WIPO SCCR, IFRRO reiterated its position agreements with authors, publishers and RROs provide the best way to respond to dynamic user requests, while assuring appropriate remuneration to copyright holders. IFRRO believes that the solution should be based on three elements:

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France: Agreement signed on e-lending in public libraries

Last updated on: Thu, 11/12/2014 - 11:18

An innovative agreement was announced on 8 December in Paris to facilitate e-lending in French public libraries. The agreement was signed by the French Minister of Culture and associations of librarians, booksellers, authors and publishers, including IFRRO’s member Syndicat National de l’Édition (SNE). Twelve recommendations are set out in the agreement in order to make available digital editorial output within and outside the public libraries’ premises while ensuring fair remuneration for rightholders.

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IFRRO side event at the WIPO SCCR meetings: Easy access to copyright text and image works in education

Last updated on: Thu, 04/12/2014 - 14:30

On Tuesday, 9 December, at the 29th meeting of the WIPO SCCR (Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights), IFRRO organised a side event on Easy access to copyright works in education. RRO, author and publisher representatives from different regions of the world, with different language, cultural and economic backgrounds, offered examples on how they authorise the use of text and image works in education to meet demands from teachers and students. Presentations were made by the following people: 

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Recommendations for managing the collective management organisations in Slovenia

Last updated on: Wed, 03/12/2014 - 07:57

The Slovenian Intellectual Property Office has recently published the Recommendations for managing the collective management organisations in the Republic of Slovenia.

The English version of the document can be found here, while the original version (Slovenian) is available here.

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Copyright industries boost Philippine economy - WIPO study

Last updated on: Mon, 01/12/2014 - 09:05

According to a joint study by the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Philippine copyright-based industries contributed P661 billion (14.67 billion US$) to the local economy, equivalent to about 7.34 percent of the country’s GDP.  These industries also accounted for about 14.14 percent of the country’s total labor force in 2010.

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RDI Project develops commercial applications for online licensing

Last updated on: Thu, 27/11/2014 - 10:50

The digital copyright project Rights Data Integration (RDI), which is part-EU-funded, is working to make it possible for any user to find out anything about any rights information on any online content  and looks set to result in real commercial implementations.

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DOI Out reach Conference tackles rights management and licensing

Last updated on: Thu, 27/11/2014 - 10:21

On 21 November, the DOI Outreach Conference 2014 took place in Milan, Italy and focused on the application of DOI to the content industries.

The conference was co-organised by the International DOI Foundation and mEDRA, the multilingual European DOI Registration Agency, set up in 2004 by the Italian Publishers Association in partnership with CINECA.

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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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