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.


Academic publishers win appeal in U.S. “George State University” case

Last updated on: Mon, 20/10/2014 - 09:29

On 17 October 2014, U.S. academic publishers won an important legal debate about digital access to copyrighted works under the U.S. “fair use” doctrine.

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TERA Consultant Report - EU Creative industries account for nearly 7% of GDP

Last updated on: Thu, 16/10/2014 - 07:21

A new study on the economic contribution of the creative industries to EU GDP and employment between 2008 and 2011 shows that the value added by the total creative industries (core creative industries plus non-core creative industries) in the European Union is approximately €860 billion, representing a 6.8% share of GDP. The core industries alone generates €558 billion in value.

Add to this the contribution to jobs – 8.3 million – and it is clear that the creative industries are a key driver of the EU economy.

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Value of copyright campaign at the Publishing Perspectives stage at the Frankfurt book fair

Last updated on: Thu, 09/10/2014 - 10:45

On Wednesday 8 October, the Value of copyright campaign and the Copyrightlink website were the main topic at one of the sessions on Publishing Perspectives Stage at the Frankfurt book fair.

Olav Stokkmo, Edward Nawotka and Robert Levine at the Publishing Perspectives stage

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IFRRO launches Value of Copyright campaign to improve level of copyright debate

Last updated on: Wed, 08/10/2014 - 08:17

CopyrightLink.org website unveiled as new online home for information on copyright

The International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) has announced the launch of The Value of Copyright, a campaign designed to emphasise the importance of copyright and improve information about the protection of literary and artistic works , primarily in the text and image-based sectors.

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Canadian students face higher Course Pack costs after University of Toronto ends Access Copyright License

Last updated on: Thu, 25/09/2014 - 10:35

According to an article in the student magazine Varsity, the brave new world which was to be ushered in by the changes in Canadian copyright legislation in 2012 has turned sour for students at the University of Toronto.

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Spanish Supreme Court refers case on private copying levies to CJEU

Last updated on: Fri, 19/09/2014 - 16:16

On 18 September 2014, following an administrative appeal against the Royal Decree 1657/2012, filed by the Spanish CMOs VEGAP, EGEDA and DAMA concerning the legitimacy of the Spanish system of private copying levies, the Spanish Supreme Court has referred the following two questions to the European Court of Justice: 

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CJEU Advocate General suggests adoption of new 'causal event' jurisdiction criterion for online copyright infringement cases

Last updated on: Tue, 16/09/2014 - 14:18

On 11 September 2014, Advocate General (AG) Cruz Villalón released his Opinion in Case C-441/13, Pez Hejduk v EnergieAgentur.NRW GmbH, a reference for a preliminary ruling from Austria, seeking clarification as regards matters of private international law in online copyright infringement cases.

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CJEU Advocate General concludes that there can only be "analogue" exhaustion

Last updated on: Tue, 16/09/2014 - 14:13

Advocate General (AG) Cruz Villalón issued his Opinion (dated 11 September 2014) in Case C-419/13, Art & Allposters International BV v Stichting Pictoright, a reference for a preliminary ruling from the Dutch Supreme Court, clarifying the question whether a person who owns the copyright in a painting, who has previously consented to its marketing as a poster, can later object to the commercialisation of the s

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CJEU : If there is fair compensation, Member States may permit users to print out on paper or store on a USB stick the books digitised by a library

Last updated on: Tue, 16/09/2014 - 14:02

On 11 September 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has given judgment in Case C-117/13, Technische Universität Darmstadt v Eugen Ulmer KG, a reference from the German Bundesgerichtshof (Federal Court of Justice).

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IFRRO submission to public consultation by UN HCHR on the impact of IPR on the enjoyment of right to science and culture

Last updated on: Mon, 15/09/2014 - 13:56

Following the UN HCHR Special Rapporteur’s invitation for public comments (see: here), IFRRO has made a submission to the consultation regarding the impact of intellectual property regimes on the enjoyment of the right to science and culture.

IFRRO’s comments can be summarised as follows:

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