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International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI)
Submitted by James on Tue, 01/06/2010 - 14:51

The ISNI is draft International Standard (ISO/DIS 27729) to create a name identification system for parties (persons and corporate bodies) i.e. the names (identities) used publicly by parties involved throughout the media content industries in the creation, production, management and content distribution chains.  ISNI is primarily intended to be a ‘bridging identifier’ in that it links other party/name identifiers. It is applicable in all kinds of circumstances, depending on the industry and the sector.  It is expected to be published in 2010.

One of the keys to the ISNI is that it is of interest to numerous sectors (libraries, RROs, musical societies, record companies, audiovisual content societies, the providers of data to those sectors and the Registration Authorities of the Standard Identifiers that these sectors use).  ISNI can be used as an ID in ONIX and ISTC messages.  

ISNI is clearly related to IFRROs core business.  However an ISNI is a "dumb" number. No meaning will be embedded in it.  It merely points to a location where more information can be obtained.  It will be necessary to build upon it to allow access to usable rights management information.

 

 

International Standard Text Code (ISTC)
Submitted by James on Tue, 01/06/2010 - 14:43

 The International Standard Text Code (ISTC) system is a global identification system for textual works, even though such works may be published in many different forms.  It can identify content separately from the products (e.g. a book, journal, e-book) which contain it and is particularly useful in administering copyright, licensing, collocation, royalty/fee payment, improved discovery services and sales analysis. The ISTC fills a void in the market, in so far as it also identifies the author/creator as well as the work itself (and therefore elements of rightsholder to the work).  In addition it is seen as a prerequisite for an efficient RRO role in the digital environment, as this would entail some form of identification of elements of textual works and individual creators and copyright holders involved.  As such it is key to the core activity of IFRRO members.

IFRRO – together with Nielsen, RR Bowker, and CISAC, is a member of the consortium which operates the ISTC International Agency (ISTC-IA), which operates the ISTC Registration Agency for the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO).

 

DAISY versions of Collective Management for Reprography
Submitted by James on Sun, 30/05/2010 - 10:33

IFRRO offers the following links to assist Visually impaired readers have access to its booklet on Collective Management in Reprography

La gestion colectiva en el ambito de la reprografia (Spanish DAISY Book - full audio and text (40Mb)
La gestion colectiva en el ambito de la reprografia (Spanish DAISY Book - text only (200Kb)

Collective Management in Reprography (English DAISY Book - full audio and text 25Mb)

Collective Management in Reprography (English DAISY Book - text only 200Kb)

The DAISY book is a file set with various types of files. It must be downloaded and extracted to a folder (usually with the book 's name). It is opened by opening the opf file. So the user must download the zipped file  and extract the content. The full audio book has the advantage of being possible to hear on any mp3 playback device, besides its use on a computer. The text only version can be played by any DAISY 3.0 software player (you can use the free player, DDREADER, see below) and will use the machine's TTS voices. It has the size advantage. It is important to note that it is a DAISY 3.0 book.

DDReader is available to download here. You must have Firefox installed in English, Spanish or Portuguese and a voice for each language you want to use.

Conclusions of the 18th session of SCCR, Prepared by the Chair
Submitted by admin on Sat, 29/05/2010 - 05:57

 Conclusions of the 18th Session of SCCR, Prepared by the Chair

 

European Commission launched public consultation on the Green Paper "Unlocking the potential of cultural and creative industries"
Submitted by James on Tue, 27/04/2010 - 08:47


On 27 April 2010, the European Commission's DG Education and Culture launched an online public consultation. The deadline for submissions is 30 July 2010.

The consultation is linked to the Green Paper "Unlocking the potential of cultural and creative industries", which aims to spark a debate on the requirements of a stimulating creative environment for the EU's cultural and creative industries (CCIs). Inter alia, the Green Paper highlights the Commission's intention to create a single market for online content and services, a balanced regulatory framework governing the management of intellectual property rights, measures to facilitate cross-border online content services, the fostering of multi-territorial licences, adequate protection and remuneration for rightholders and active support for the digitisation of Europe's rich cultural heritage. Within the Strategy on Intellectual Property, the Commission will also focus on the use and management of rights.

The public consultation focuses on questions like:

• How to stimulate private investment and improve access to finance CCIs?
• Which tools should be foreseen or reinforced at EU level to promote cooperation, exchanges and trade between the EU CCIs and third countries?
• How can "creative partnerships" be promoted between CCIs and education institutions / businesses / administrations?
• How to support the better use of existing intermediaries and the development of a variety of intermediaries acting as an interface between artistic and creative communities and CCIs on the one hand, and education institutions / businesses and administrations, on the other hand?

IFRRO Resources to help authors and publishers provide appropriate access for VIPs
Submitted by James on Mon, 01/02/2010 - 11:01

To help RROs in assisting authors and publishers in providing appropriate access to their works the IFRRO Board has approved the following documents

Consultation on "EU 2020: A new strategy to make the EU a smarter, greener social market"
Submitted by James on Thu, 14/01/2010 - 13:51

Consultation on "EU 2020: A new strategy to make the EU a smarter, greener social market"

STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION ON EUROPEAN COMMISSION REFLECTION DOCUMENT “CREATIVE CONTENT IN A EUROPEAN DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET: CHALLENGES FOR THE FUTURE”
Submitted by James on Tue, 05/01/2010 - 16:34

On 5 January 2010, IFRRO submitted a position paper on the European Commission's consultation "Creative Content Online". The consultation addresses the role of legal online markets and explores a variety of copyright management models. The main points in the IFRRO submission are:
1. Text- and image-based sector, digitisation and making available: Concerning digitisation, a distinction needs to be made between the sectors.
2. Collective management of rights: A sector-based approach is needed. For the text and images, the main activities of the RROs concern the administration of secondary uses of rights.
3. Consumer access: Legal access to intellectual property is provided through direct licensing by rightholders (publishers and authors) or through collective licensing through RROs, when authors or publishers cannot or do not want to licence directly themselves. The current legislation offers an adequate legal framework to work out practicable solutions for the digitisation and making available of copyright works by libraries.
4. Commercial users' access: For the text and image based sector, current legislation is no hindrance to the development of multi-territorial solutions. Also, the publication of books, journals, newspapers and the like is to a large extent language-dependent.
5. Protection of rightholders: IFRRO welcomes the Reflection Document's acknowledgement that the development of business models to enable appropriate access to copyright works requires adequate protection of rightholders. Collaboration with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to address copyright infringement and enforcement issues is welcome.
 

IFRRO response to Creative content online EC reflection document consultation
Submitted by James on Tue, 05/01/2010 - 14:18

IFRRO response toStakeholder Consultation on European Commission Reflection Document “Creative Content in A European Digital Single Market: Challenges For The Future

IFRRO submission on Stakeholder Consultation on European Commission Communication “Europeana – Next Steps
Submitted by James on Thu, 12/11/2009 - 09:28

IFRRO submission on Stakeholder Consultation on European Commission Communication “Europeana – Next Steps

IFRRO Position paper on Post-i2010
Submitted by James on Thu, 08/10/2009 - 13:03

IFRRO Position paper on Post-i2010: Priorities for a new strategy for European Information Society (2010-2015)

IFRRO Position paper on Post-i2010 – short version
Submitted by James on Mon, 08/06/2009 - 13:09

IFRRO Position paper on Post-i2010: Priorities for a new strategy for European Information Society (2010-2015) – short version

IFRRO Statement May 2009, 18th Session of the SCCR, Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights
Submitted by admin on Mon, 25/05/2009 - 05:55

 IFRRO Statement May 2009, 18th Session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)

 

Draft Report, including IFRRO proposal for a stakeholder platform for the visually impaired
Submitted by admin on Wed, 25/03/2009 - 07:11

 Draft Report, including IFRRO proposal for a stakeholder platform for the visually impaired

 

IFRRO response on Copyright in the Knowledge Economy Green Paper
Submitted by James on Tue, 25/11/2008 - 14:13

IFRRO response on Stakeholder Consultation on European Commission Green Paper on Copyright in the Knowledge Economy

Conclusions of the SCCR, Prepared by the Chair
Submitted by admin on Fri, 07/11/2008 - 07:09

 Conclusions of the 17th session of SCCR November 2008, Prepared by the Chair

Joint Position Paper presented at the SCCR in November 2008
Submitted by admin on Wed, 05/11/2008 - 07:13

 Joint Position Paper presented at the SCCR in November 2008

 

IFRRO Statement November 2008, 17th Session of the SCCR
Submitted by admin on Wed, 05/11/2008 - 07:01

 IFRRO Statement November 2008, 17th Session of the SCCR

 

Statement on Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCE). Adopted at the AGM, October, 2008 (Montego Bay, Jamaica)
Submitted by James on Thu, 30/10/2008 - 10:29

Statement on Traditional Knowledge (TK) and Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCE). Adopted at the AGM, October, 2008 (Montego Bay, Jamaica)

IFRRO Recommendation on the Empowerment of the Creative Sector in Development Countries and Territories
Submitted by James on Thu, 30/10/2008 - 10:21

IFRRO Recommendation on the Empowerment of the Creative Sector in Development Countries and Territories approved by the AGM of IFRRO in October 2008. Montego Bay, Jamaica

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