Remembering Monica Seeber

IFRRO was deeply saddened to hear of the recent death of Monica Seeber, after a short illness. Monica was a strong  supporter of the rights of the creative community in South Africa and around the world. She was also a valued member of the IFRRO community for many years. An author, publisher and book editor, Monica championed the importance of copyright protection to the rights of authors and left a lasting impact on South Africa's creative communities through her work for DALRO, the text and image CMO in South Africa, her role in the foundation of ANFASA, the South African nonfiction authors association and her support for PASA, the publishers association of South Africa.     

In 2009, given her lifelong commitment to the importance of copyright and collective management, IFRRO commissioned Monica to write Enabling Access – 25 Years of IFRRO, recalling the achievements of IFRRO as a federation of collective management organisations in the text and image sector. In the course of researching that book, Monica met with and interviewed many of those involved in the establishment of IFRRO, and shared with them her passion for copyright and creative rights. That publication is a testament to her commitment to the role of collective management in supporting the rights of authors.     

Monica passed away on 19 July 2022. IFRRO’s Board of Directors, staff and members send our condolences to her family, friends and colleagues. Her dedication, commitment and passion for the rights of authors and her support for copyright will be sadly missed by the creative sector in South Africa and around the world.