From 9 to 13 of November, Mexico City hosted the IFRRO World Congress and Annual General Meeting 2015.
Photo: Eugene Mopsik
The successful event included a busy programme and enabled side activities such as a local conference on Copyright in the 21st century, co organised by our host member CeMPro and IFRRO; and two activities for authors and their organisations led by the International Authors Forum (IAF). Also, during the week of the congress, one of the main events was the IFRRO Business Models Forum and International Conference Disrupt or be Disrupted: Evolving to Meet User Needs. The event, which takes place annually, offered a number of very relevant presentations, including the one given by Anne Leer, former WIPO Deputy Director General.
On Wednesday, 11 November, the IFRRO Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place. As usual, it addressed a number of administrative matters, but this year, it also resulted in the adoption of an Open Access Statement and a Resolution in support of a PLR scheme in Switzerland (more information is available here). Additionally, Adam Singer, Chair of the board of ALCS delivered an amusing and thought provoking speech on copyright, creators and collective management organisations. His piece can be read here.
As part of the programme of the IWC week, IFRRO delegates had the chance to attend social activities, including a welcome cocktail where Mr. Jesús Rodríguez Núñez, representing the Mexico City Government, addressed the audience and highlighted the projects and position of the current administration in the related matters.
IFRRO wishes to thank to this year’s participants and specially CeMPro for a well organised and successful congress, which continues to be the most important international networking opportunity for collective management organisations and creators’ and publishers’ associations in the text and image spheres.