With decision of 8 May 2017, the regional Court of Berlin referred questions for a preliminary ruling to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) concerning the press publishers’ neighbouring right in Germany. The court is asking whether the rules on the press publishers’ neighbouring right implemented into German copyright law had to be notified to the European Commission first.
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.
Germany refers questions to the CJEU for a preliminary ruling on the German news publishers’ right scheme
Reprobel wins national lawsuit against HP Belgium
On Friday 12 May, the Court of Appeal of Brussels ruled in favour of Reprobel in a lawsuit against Hewlett Packard (HP) Belgium, a ruling that has been welcomed by authors and publishers.
IFRRO Asia Pacific Committee meeting held in Seoul
The IFRRO Asia Pacific committee meeting was held last week in Seoul, Republic of Korea. In opening the meeting, Professor Chung, President of the host organisation KORRA, congratulated delegates on their bravery in travelling to “the most dangerous city in the world right now”.
REPRONIG reports further progress
REPRONIG, IFRRO’s Nigerian member reports progress in the resumption of activities.©REPRONIG - Olav Stokkmo, the Chairman REPRONIG Board, Executive Director of REPRONIG with the President and officials of the Association of Nigerian Authors.
Austrian Supreme Court confirms levy on media storage devices
After one decade of disputes, Austria’s Supreme Court has ruled against Amazon.com and confirmed the current system of levies on media storage devices on 15th March 2017. The decision obliges Amazon to pay to Austrian Copyright Collecting Societies for each media storage device imported and placed on the Austrian market.
Collective management in the Arab region: IFRRO attends WIPO meeting in Tunisia
On 29 and 30 March 2017 IFRRO participated in a Regional Meeting for Copyright Offices in the Arab Region that was organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the Tunisian Copyright Office, OTDAV (Organisme Tunisien des Droits d’Auteur et des Droits Voisins).
© Pierre-Olivier Lesburguères
LATREPRO, the Latvian RRO, signs breakthrough licensing agreement with Government
On the 22nd of February 2017 Association LATREPRO, the Latvian RRO in membership of IFRRO, and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia on behalf of the Republic of Latvia have signed an agreement for the payment of yearly remuneration for reprographic reproduction of works for personal use in public administration for the year 2016 and subsequent years 2017 and 2018.
Over 400 authors and publishers write open letter regarding copyright infringement at Université Laval
In an open letter to the three candidates for the position of Rector of Université Laval, more than 400 authors and publishers have drawn the ongoing litigation between the university and Copibec, the RRO in Quebec to their attention.
Following the unilateral decision of the university not to renew the licence offered by Copibec, it is estimated that authors and publishers have suffered a loss of income amounting to more than 1,200,000 $ to day.
IFRRO participates in sensitising meetings with ZARRSO, the Zambian RRO
Photo: @Coin productions
On 13-15 March 2017 IFRRO’s Policy Advisor Pierre-Olivier Lesburguères and Cosoma’s Head of the RRO Unit Rosario Kamanga travelled to Lusaka, Zambia to participate in a series of meetings with the Zambian RRO, ZARRSO.
CEDRO launches online workshop on intellectual property for teachers in Madrid
On 21 March, CEDRO and NBC Universal, launched an online workshop on intellectual property for elementary and high school teachers in Madrid. The workshop aims to raise awareness about the general principles of intellectual property and their implementation in the class room. The workshop will be offered to teachers in Madrid for the scholar period 2017-20018.