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. The amount was determined on the basis of a small-scale statistical survey on volumes of reprographic reproduction of copyright protected works in public sector that had been published by the Ministry of Culture in January 2016 and it will be reviewed once a new survey has been conducted. It is agreed a new survey will be conducted after two years.

This breakthrough licensing agreement will allow Latvian pupils, students and other users to have a legal and easy access to copyright-protected works while remunerating authors and publishers for the use of their works. 

LATREPRO has expressed gratitude to its international partner IFRRO, its mentor organization REPROBEL, and sister organization KOPIPOL, for their relentless support, while expressing appreciation for the political will and efforts of the Ministry of Culture of Latvia. All these efforts have materialized in the signing of this agreement and the remuneration to authors and publishers for the reprographic remuneration of their works like in other parts of the world. This is a notable achievement: it is the first time since Latvia passed its new copyright legislation (2001) and joined the European Union (2004) that authors and publishers will be able to receive monies from the collective management of their rights.

Find here an article on the signing of the agreement on the Ministry of Culture of Latvia’s website (in Latvian).