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.

Position as IFRRO CEO and Secretary General becomes vacant in 2016

Last updated on: Fri, 05/02/2016 - 18:11

As previously announced, Olav Stokkmo intends to step down as IFRRO CEO towards the end of 2016. The Board of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) is therefore seeking to appoint a CEO and Secretary General upon his retirement.

Applications should be emailed to Russell Reynolds Associates, for the attention of Mrs Marionne Barge at marionne.barge@russellreynolds.com, by March 1st 2016.

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Senegal: SODAV, the new multipurpose CMO, receives presidential approval

Last updated on: Fri, 05/02/2016 - 13:17

On 4 February 2016, the President of the Republic of Senegal has signed a decree approving the new multipurpose CMO and RRO “SODAV” (la Sénégalaise du droit d’auteur et des droits voisins), thus enabling it to start operating.
The Copyright Act of Senegal, since its last amendment in 2008, provides for the creation of a private Collective Management Organisation.
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European Union and United States reach a deal on transatlantic data flows

Last updated on: Fri, 05/02/2016 - 09:28

Three months after the Court of Justice of the European Union declared, in Case C 362/14, that the Decision of the European Commission recognising the Safe Harbour Privacy Principles was invalid, the European Commission and the US authorities have agreed on a new framework for transatlantic data flows.
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OSDEL, the Greek RRO appoints new general manager

Last updated on: Tue, 02/02/2016 - 16:17

Starting 1 February 2016, George Andrew Zannos has been appointed as the new General Manager of the Greek RRO, OSDEL. According to an statement from OSDEL, the appointment will further reinforce the organisation's development in current and new projects and efficiently reorganise its services in the context of the new legal framework for RROs in Greece 

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Authors Rights loses a true champion with the passing of Paul Aiken

Last updated on: Mon, 01/02/2016 - 14:36

IFRRO is sad to announce the death of Paul Aiken, Executive Director of the Authors’ Guild in the USA.  Paul led the Guild for 20 years through some of the most challenging and difficult times in copyright history.  In his own words, his vision was that “Copyright is built around authorship. Copyright is authors’ and artists’ ticket to play in the free market system, and it must be protected.”

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Key findings of a European survey on access to works online

Last updated on: Fri, 29/01/2016 - 16:29

As already reported by IFRRO, the results of a survey conducted by the European Commissi
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The EU Collective Rights Management Directive and the RRO

Last updated on: Thu, 28/01/2016 - 09:10

In an article originally published by the International Journal of IP Management* on 22 July, IFRRO CEO, Olav Stokkmo explains the role and functioning of RROs, and examines their operation in relation to the Directive on Collective Rights Management Directive. He asserts that the CRM Directive allows RROs to continue their operation with no, or only minor changes to their current practices.

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New international survey on private copying

Last updated on: Wed, 27/01/2016 - 11:15

WIPO and Stichting de Thuiskopie, the Dutch Collective Management Organisation for private copying, have recently published the International Survey on Private Copying - Law and Practice 2015. This survey provides a global overview of an important element of copyright and related rights infrastructure, the private copying compensation.

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NLA media access announces UK and French content exchange to simplify access to international content

Last updated on: Thu, 21/01/2016 - 15:16

NLA media access and the Centre Français d’Exploitation du droit de Copies - CFC – have completed an agreement allowing them to license their respective publisher repertoire to media monitoring organisations - MMOs -  and business users in both countries. As a result, Les Echos, Le Monde, Figaro and other leading French titles can now be delivered as part of UK digital press cuttings services, and major UK titles like the Telegraph, Guardian and Independent can be delivered through licensed French MMOs.

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Agreement on the simplification of payments for public lending rights in Catalonia

Last updated on: Tue, 19/01/2016 - 09:47

CEDRO, IFRRO’s RRO member in Spain, has recently signed an agreement with institutions of Catalonia in order to simplify the payments derived from the public lending right. This agreement will allow CEDRO to collect the rights that correspond to the lending of works in public libraries of Catalonia that is foreseen in the law (Real Decreto).
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