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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.


UK Publishers Win High Court Support in Fight Against Infringement

Last updated on: Wed, 27/05/2015 - 10:54

The UK High Court has granted The Publishers Association a blocking order against the main UK ISPs. The order applies to 7 websites which have been found to contain substantial amounts of infringing content. The ISPs will be required to block customer access to these sites, within 10 days.

The sites, all based overseas, have been infringing copyright on a massive scale. Investigations undertaken by The PA found that over 80% of the material available on the sites (and in some cases over 90%) infringes copyright.

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CADRA, the Argentinian RRO signs an agreement with e-libro

Last updated on: Wed, 20/05/2015 - 17:16

CADRA, our Argentinean member, has recently signed an agreement with e-libro, a platform of digital books that offers a large selection of academic and scientific texts from over 200 publishing houses in the Spanish speaking world. 

Thanks to this agreement, CADRA will represent the catalogue of e-libro, and protect the rights of authors and publishers in Argentina. 
 
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Court of Appeal of Sofia outlines criteria to be considered when determining amount of damages incurred

Last updated on: Mon, 18/05/2015 - 09:47

In a recent Bulgarian case, published on 11 March 2015, the Court of Appeal of Sofia was asked to determine the amount of damages payable when there was insufficient evidence regarding the total amount of damages incurred on the basis of a copyright infringement (in this case: through the publication of two photographs in two issues of a daily newspaper).

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Revenue streams for copyright infringing web-sites are potential source of malware

Last updated on: Mon, 18/05/2015 - 09:38

According to a report by Incopro,commissioned by the Motion Picture Association (MPA),  on the 250 most popular copyright infringing websites in Germany, Spain, France, Italy and the United Kingdom, many are funded by advertising that is unwanted and potentially harmful to users.

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IPTS report: Taking down websites significantly reduces piracy - in the short-term.

Last updated on: Mon, 18/05/2015 - 09:22

Taking down copyright-infringing websites is a short-term way to reduce consumption of pirated media content and increase licensed consumption according to a working paper from the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) for the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC).

The paper analyzes the consequences of the shutdown of the most popular German video streaming website - kino.to - in June 2011. Using individual-level clickstream data, the report finds that the shutdown led to significant but short-lived declines in piracy levels.

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Spanish Decree on PLR discussed vis-à-vis Spanish Supreme Court

Last updated on: Fri, 15/05/2015 - 11:54

On 15 April 2015, the Spanish RRO CEDRO, together with the CMOs SGAE, DAMA and VEGAP, expressed concerns vis-à-vis the Spanish Supreme Court regarding the Royal Decree 624/2014, concerning the Public Lending Right (PLR). Inter alia, the CMOs claim that the Decree does not ensure fair remuneration, but only provides a symbolic amount. More information is available on CEDRO's website (in Spanish).

 
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Harvard files copyright infringement lawsuit over online training material

Last updated on: Fri, 15/05/2015 - 11:49

According to a report by Boston Business Journal, Harvard University filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against a group of unnamed individuals who are selling study materials on websites which, allegedly, are designed to help students taking Harvard Business School’s online curriculum to pass a final exam.

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Distribution right may be infringed by advertising sale of protected works, according to CJEU

Last updated on: Wed, 13/05/2015 - 15:47

The German Bundesgerichtshof (Federal Court of Justice) asked the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to clarify questions regarding the distribution right in the case Dimensione Direct Sales srl and Michele Labianca v Knoll International SpA, C-516/13.

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Russian High Court now given power to order ISPs and website hosters to permanently block websites

Last updated on: Fri, 08/05/2015 - 08:03

The Russian High Court has been given the power to order ISPs and website hosting companies to permanently block websites that repeatedly infringe copyright.

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European Commission launches Digital Single Market Strategy

Last updated on: Wed, 06/05/2015 - 15:45

Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Digital Single Market, and Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, have launched today the Commission’s Digital Single Market Strategy. This Strategy, in the form of a Communication together with a supporting Staff working paper, sets out a series of goals and objectives with 16 actions foreseen to make them happen.

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