On the 9th of March 2021, more than 100 members of IFRRO participated in an online webinar with Daren Tang.
After an introduction by Yngve Slettholm, President of IFRRO, Daren Tang delivered a keynote speech, with some key messages for IFRRO members.
He firstly commented on the impact of the pandemic on the creative sector, including significant income losses for authors, publishers and CMOs. However, the role played by CMOs in bringing users, authors and publishers together was an important part of the solution to the pandemic. He encouraged IFRRO members to share their stories about their contribution and the work they are doing to support creators and to enable access to content in these times.
He also commented on the role of the 21st Century CMO. He expressed the view that CMOs are positioned to lead the development of global solutions for access to content, and in doing so they must continually improve their governance and their efficiency to deliver better services to users and rightsholders. The ongoing joint IFRRO-WIPO projects in the area of licensing, private copying levies, and infrastructure, contribute to the sound development of collective management around the world.
Following his presentation, IFRRO members engaged with him in a lively question and answer session. Interventions were made by members from all around the world, from Algeria, Jamaica, Montenegro, the USA, and Zambia.
IFRRO thanks Daren Tang for his availability and willingness to engage with our membership, and we also thank all our members who participated in the online webinar.
Daren Tang became Director General of WIPO in October 2020, at which time IFRRO congratulated him on his appointment. Previously, Daren Tang served as Chairman of WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights and Chief Executive of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore.
IFRRO and WIPO enjoy a cooperative relationship, working together on copyright and collective management through capacity building projects and initiatives such as the Accessible Books Consortium.