At IFRRO's Annual General Meeting in Tokyo this month, a resolution concerning copyright exceptions was adopted urging European Union decision-makers currently scrutinising the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market to fully consider the consequences for authors and publishers in the text and image sector.
In particular, the proposed exception for “illustration for teaching” must remain narrowly focused and apply only where no adequate licences are easily available. Where the exception does apply, there must be mandatory fair compensation for authors and publishers for all uses under the exception. Without these requirements, authors’ and publishers’ revenues will be put at risk, jobs will be lost and students will ultimately have less diverse, quality, innovative content to benefit from.
The full text of the resolution is available here.