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.

Marrakesh Treaty comes into force with 20th signature - from Canada

Last updated on: Thu, 30/06/2016 - 15:18

Canada deposited its Marrakesh Treaty accession instrument today.  The Marrakesh Treaty now has twenty members, which is the number needed for the Treaty to come into force.  That will happen after a three-month period, on September 30, 2016.

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Christian Roblin receives the highest French honour: la Légion d'Honneur.

Last updated on: Thu, 30/06/2016 - 08:24

Christian Roblin, managing director of Sofia, has been awarded the insignia of Chevalier in the French National Order of the Legion of Honour in recognition of his valuable contribution to the cultural influence of writers and publishers and the defence of copyright. The award was presented by Charles Vallée, Professor Emeritus of Law and former president of the famous French legal publishing company Dalloz, to his former right-hand man.

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Nigerian Copyright Commission and National Universities Commission partner on Copyright Law Enforcement

Last updated on: Wed, 29/06/2016 - 08:26

The Nigerian National Universities Commission (NUC) is ready to partner with the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) to ensure that Nigerian Universities comply with copyright laws on published materials, the Executive Secretary, NUC, Professor Julius Okojie has announced.  The statement came during a visit to the Commission by NCC Director General Mr. Afam Ezekude and other consultants from outside Nigeria including Mr. David Uwemedimo, Director WIPO Copyright Infrastructure Division, and Mr Jim Alexander, International Copyright Consultant and former IFRRO Vice President.

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58 Members of the European Parliament sign open letter on liability of online platforms

Last updated on: Tue, 21/06/2016 - 13:22

On 20 June, an open letter was sent to the European Commission by 58 Members of the European Parliament, asking EC President Jean-Claude Juncker, Vice-President Andrus Ansip and Commissioner Günther Oettinger to look into the “transfer of value that has emerged due to the lack of clarity regarding the status of these online services” – specifically referring to user-uploaded content platforms and content aggregation services, such as YouTube.
In view of the planned release of a copyright package in autumn 2016, Members of the European Parliament from different p
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Authors and publishers struggling in wake of Canadian copyright reform

Last updated on: Mon, 20/06/2016 - 16:13

In an article with CBC News, John Degen, Executive Director of the Writers' Union of Canada, claims that the changes in Canadian copyright law are reducing the income and output of authors and leading to the exclusion of local texts in schools in favour of cheaper or free foreign works.  80% of authors earn less than the poverty line from their writing and publishers are struggling to survive, especially in the educational field.

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IFRRO sends letter to the Ministry of Culture in Uruguay about legislative changes and the negative impact for authors and publishers

Last updated on: Mon, 20/06/2016 - 11:02

On Thursday 16 June, IFRRO addressed the Uruguayan Ministry of Culture, Ms María Julia Muñoz, through a letter where we asked her to look into recent proposed changes to the copyright legislation in her country. The changes concern wide exceptions for educative purposes without considering the possibility of legal access via a collective licence from the RRO, or directly from authors and publishers.
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Belgium: draft government bill on reprography could threaten the future of authors and publishers

Last updated on: Fri, 17/06/2016 - 13:05

A draft bill has been presented by the Belgian Government on 9 June to amend the legal framework for reprography. According to Reprobel, the Belgian RRO in membership of IFRRO, the bill, if it is not amended, would be a “serious threat to the future of authors and publishers”.

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Advocate General to the CJEU delivers his opinion in case related to e-lending in libraries

Last updated on: Thu, 16/06/2016 - 15:18

On 16 June 2016, Advocate General to the Court of Justice of the European Union Maciej Szpunar delivered his opinion in Case C-174/15 (Vereniging Openbare Bibliotheken v Stichting Leenrecht).

The case is related to the definition of ‘lending’ in the EU Directive 2006/115 on rental right and lending right, and whether it also encompasses the making available of digital copies of works in libraries.

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IFRRO’s submission to the European Commission’s consultation on a publisher’s neighbouring right

Last updated on: Wed, 15/06/2016 - 17:18

IFRRO has responded to the public consultation launched by the European Commission on the role of publishers in the copyright value chain.
In the submission, IFRRO outlines that “irrespective of any distinct exclusive publishers’ right, both authors and publishers must be granted a right of remuneration or a claim for fair compensation when works are used under an exception in the EUCD.
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IFRRO’s submission to the European Commission’s consultation on the ‘freedom of panorama’ exception

Last updated on: Wed, 15/06/2016 - 17:14

IFRRO has responded to the public consultation launched by the European Commission on the freedom of panorama.
In its submission, in essence, IFRRO argues that there is no need for a harmonised ‘freedom of panorama’ exception in EU legislation.
Find the submission here.
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