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Ljubljana hosts World Copyright Congress and international Seminar on Copyright, Schools and Higher Education

Over 220 people from more than 50 countries are converging on Ljubljana the week starting 24 October to share their experience of managing reproduction rights with world-class speakers at the IFRRO World Congress 2011 hosted by the Slovenian Organisation of Authors and Publishers for Reproduction Rights (SAZOR). During the week the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) will hold its Annual General Meeting and various other meetings including its Business Models Forum/International Seminar, which is open to the general public.

Copyright is at the top of the international agenda with governments, schools and universities and special interest groups, such as persons with print disabilities, asking for easier access to the world’s treasury of written and printed works. IFRRO and its members recognise the importance of providing legal access to copyright creative works that rewards the creator while delivering service to the consumer. It fosters partnerships between stakeholders to ensure a flexible service within the ever-changing digital world, promoting dialogue and negotiation to meet the varied needs of different geographies and interest groups within the framework of international copyright law. The IFRRO World Congress, held from 24 to 27 October 2011 at the Grand Hotel Union in Ljubljana, will be an opportunity to discover how countries across the world provide access to copyright works while also learning about the particular concerns in the host country – Slovenia.

Highlight of the week will be the IFRRO Business Model Forum on Wednesday 26 October. The focus will be on licensing for education and speakers will include Juri Žurej Director of the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office; David Uwemedimo, Director Creators and Performers Support Division of the World Intellectual Property Organisation; Melissa Sabella, Head of Custom Database Publishing - Pearson Education and David Worlock, Co-Chair Outsell Inc. IFRRO member speakers include Frédéric Young of SACD and SCAM (for the authors) who signed the first licensing deal for authors in Europe with GOOGLE and Yngve Slettholm of KOPINOR (Norway) who negotiated the licensing of the Norwegian Library digitization programme – Bookshelf. Topics will range from the impact of courts and governments on educational licensing to the changes that new technologies have brought to the way that educational material is used

IFRRO is the main international body which links together members of the copyright community in the sphere of written works and images. Reproduction rights allow users to copy works that are under copyright. These rights are administered by Reproduction Rights Organisations (RROs) which represent the creators and publishers and help them ensure that their works are made available to the general public while rewarding their creative effort. Authors and publishers work jointly through IFRRO to find solutions to enable easy and convenient legal access to creative works in the text and image based sector – from academic treatises, through newspaper articles, novels and sheet music, to photographs, cartoons and illustrations. In particular RROs license large scale copying of works by educational institutes, government bodies and commercial enterprises. IFRRO is at the heart of rights management across the world. It has 131 members comprising 76 RROs and 55 authors’ and publishers’ organisations in some 70 countries worldwide.

Further information
James Boyd, IFRRO Communications and Product Development
Tel: +32 2 234 62 64