IFRRO Asia Pacific Committee meeting held in Seoul

The IFRRO Asia Pacific committee meeting was held last week in Seoul, Republic of Korea. img_0347.jpgIn 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”.  
 
There were 24 participants from 12 IFRRO members at the meeting, the first chaired by Sarah Tran, Copyright Agency Viscopy.   As well as sharing national reports the members of the committee discussed the challenges in managing licensee expectations, the role of data in licensing, and lobbying government.   The meeting also provided an opportunity for new members of the committee, KOSA, represented by Gyooho Lee (Executive Director International Relations) and Taewon Jeong (Deputy Section Chief, Legal) and Jcopy, represented by Yu Kanehara (Vice President) and Yasenori Fukuyama (Senior Manager, Operations) to provide an overview of their activities.   

Caroline Morgan, IFRRO CEO also participated in the meeting providing an overview of IFRRO’s strategic priorities and also making a presentation on the importance of good governance in every aspect of an RROs operations.  
 
In the session on data collection JAC shared their experiences in developing a university licence, and highlighted the importance of having reliable usage data to get university administrators to discuss licensing.  Many participants agreed that data was critical to getting the university sector to agree on licensing terms, and that public universities were often more difficult to negotiate with than privately operated ones. Copyright Agency stressed the challenges in balancing the need for reliable data with minimising both the burden on the licensee and ensuring operational efficiency.
 
In the same session Paula Browning reported on the analysis of the first complete digital data set from universities in New Zealand.  She said that the availability of the data “changed the conversation’ between CLNZ and the university sector.  Vietrro also advised that they were working with the department of education in Vietnam to develop a survey of copying in schools, which they hope would demonstrate the reliance of the sector on copyright content and lead to a licence being developed.
 
The relationship between copying exceptions for education and licensing was also discussed.  Madelaine Pow- Jones from CLA explained how the licence override provisions in the UK Copyright Act worked to ensure that licence options were preferred to unpaid exceptions.  Japanese representatives advised that the Japanese exceptions for education excluded textbooks, and shared their plans to develop licensing in the university sector.  Dillys Yu told the meeting that in order to protect the text book market HKRRLS’s licences in Hong Kong allowed lower proportions of text books to be copied than of other content.
 
When discussing lobbying and government relations Antje Sorenson from CCC explained that constant and proactive advocacy was important and that establishing a role as a thought leader was at the centre of those relationships.  Sarah Tran then presented the campaign that Copyright Agency had developed as a response to the threat of the Productivity recommendations in Australia.  
 
The meeting also included a seminar on the private copying levy which was organised together with CISAC and local CMOS, including Korra and KOSA. Rightholders have been campaigning for the introduction of a private copying levy in Korea for over 10 years, and it’s hoped that the joint creative industry pressure will force government to act and introduce legislation to implement a private copying levy in the near future.
 
At the conclusion of the meeting, it was announced that the 2018 APC Meeting will be hosted by Hong Kong RRO, HKRRLS.