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.


Thailand’s new Copyright Act in force

Last updated on: Wed, 26/08/2015 - 18:06

Thailand's Copyright Act (No. 2) B.E. 2558 (2015) was published in the Royal Gazette on February 5, 2015, and came into force on August 4, 2015. The Act introduces amendments to the Copyright Act B.E.

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Do Copyright and Human Rights go together?

Last updated on: Tue, 25/08/2015 - 15:43

The International Publishers Association (IPA) has published a special report on Copyright and Human Rights, giving the legal background  and providing insights from creators.

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Draft proposal for a Directive on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets)

Last updated on: Tue, 25/08/2015 - 10:40

The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee recently voted on the draft proposal for a Directive on the protection of undisclosed know-how and business information (trade secrets) against their unlawful acquisition, use and disclosure.

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EC public consultation on the review of the EU Satellite and Cable Directive

Last updated on: Tue, 25/08/2015 - 08:49

On 24 August 2015, the European Commission opened a public consultation on the review of the EU Directive 93/83/EEC of 27 September 1993 on the coordination of certain rules concerning copyright and rights related to copyright applicable to satellite broadcasting and cable retransmission (“Cable and Satellite Directive”; here). The official press release is available here.

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IFRRO submission on US Mass Digitalization consultation

Last updated on: Thu, 20/08/2015 - 10:38

IFRRO has responded positively to the US Copyright Office’s mass digitization consultation.  The IFRRO submission supports the Copyright Office’s proposed approach, that ways to facilitate large-scale digitisation of copyright works be explored through a pilot program, which involves relevant stakeholders.

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Peruvian IP Office teaches students to respect Copyright

Last updated on: Thu, 20/08/2015 - 10:19

During 2013 and 2014, the Peruvian IP Office (INDECOPI) launched a copyright awareness programme as part of the Commission to Combat Piracy and Customs Crimes (CLCDAP). The programme, with the theme ‘I decide, I respect: rejection of piracy and respect for intellectual property’” was targeted at pupils in their 4th and 5th year of secondary school and reached around 50,000 students in both public and private schools.  By raising awareness the talks cover “the scope of copyright and the contribution of creativity and cultural industries to the country’s economic development”.

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IPA appoints José Borghino as new Secretary General

Last updated on: Tue, 18/08/2015 - 09:02

José Borghino has been appointed to the position of Secretary General at the International Publishers Association (IPA) replacing Jens Bammel.  Mr Borghino has been the IPA’s Policy Director Since joining the organisation in 2013 and came to the IPA from the Australian Publishers Association where he served as Manager of Industry Representation.

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EC public consultation on contract rules for online purchases of digital content and tangible goods

Last updated on: Mon, 17/08/2015 - 13:45

The European Commission has opened a public consultation on contract rules for online purchases of digital content and tangible goods (deadline: 3 September 2015).

The purpose of this consultation is to collect interested parties' views “on the possible ways forward to remove contract law obstacles related to the online purchases of digital content and tangible goods”. According to the Commission, this consultation does not aim at addressing copyright-related issues; this will be subject to a separate course of action.

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CADRA, the Argentinean RRO, signs licensing agreements with three more universities

Last updated on: Mon, 10/08/2015 - 15:57

CADRA has recently signed licensing agreements with three universities on the usages of published works: Universidad Nacional de Misiones, Universidad Nacional de San Juan and Universidad Champagnat (Mendoza).

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The Copyright Alliance files comments to U.S. Copyright Office, addressing challenges faced by visual artists

Last updated on: Mon, 10/08/2015 - 15:33

On July 23rd, 2015, the Copyright Alliance filed comments in the U.S. Copyright Office’s proceeding concerning copyright protection for certain visual works, in response to the Office’s Notice of Inquiry, seeking commentary on the current marketplace for photographs, graphic artwork, and illustrations, as well as observations regarding the real or potential obstacles that authors, and as applicable, their licensees or other representatives face when navigating the digital landscape.
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