IFRRO’s members are actively engaged in the work of IFRRO through a number of Committees, Working Groups and Fora. The Regional Committees bring together IFRRO members in a particular geographical region, to consider and discuss matters of importance in their region. The Regional Committees also work to support and nurture emerging RROs in tier region. The Working Groups enable the discussion of common issues and the development of licensing solutions by members with an interest in a particular type of copyright material, such as visual images or newspapers. The Fora provide opportunities for members with an interest in a specific area of collective management to meet and explore solutions to technical issues and consider recent developments. From time-to-time Task Forces are formed to take an in depth look at an area of interest or concern and report back to the Board and membership with recommendations and possible solutions. All IFRRO groups are established by and report to the Board of Directors.


Regional Committees

IFRRO's permanent advisory Regional Committees assist local rightsholders on how to use copyright to protect their published and printed works through:

  1. The development of appropriate copyright legal frameworks at national, regional and international levels
  2. The establishment and development of RROs in the region
  3. The assistance to rightholders in providing access to copyright works and awareness and enforcement activities

There are currently four Regional Committees covering the following geographical areas:

Mandate

The Regional Committees assist local rightholders of published and printed material in guaranteeing copyright protection of their works through:

  1. The development of proper copyright legal frameworks at national, regional and international levels
  2. The establishment and development of regional RROs
  3. The assistance to rightholders in providing access to copyright works and awareness and enforcement activities Chair: Sarah Tran (CA)

Chair: Sarah Tran (CA)

Mandate and Governance of the IFRRO European Group as approved by the IFRRO Board on 28 January 2010 and amended on 22 October 2018.

Chair: Samantha Holman (ICLA)

Vice Chairs: Valtteri Niiranen (KOPIOSTO) and Robert Staats (VG WORT)

Mandate: To provide a forum for the Members of the European Group to be informed about, debate and decide upon non-binding lobbying objectives, in relation to the IP framework in Europe. And for other attendees of the meetings to be informed about and contribute to debate on IP matters in Europe. [1]

Members Organisations of IFRRO from states whose governments are members of the Council of Europe. In matters specific to the European Union, only votes of the European Group members from states whose governments are members of the EU or EEA or Switzerland shall count, weighting as per Article 9 of the IFRRO Statutes. Other attendees may express their opinions without voting. Attendance Members of the European Group. Other IFRRO members may attend as observers. Observers that are not IFRRO members may only attend if their attendance is approved in advance of the meeting by the Executive Committee and announced at the commencement of the meeting. Executive Committee Chair and two Vice Chairs to be elected from European Group Members representing RROs from a European Union member State, EEA country or Switzerland, for a term of three years. The IFRRO Secretary General attends the meetings in accordance with Article 8.3 of IFRRO’s Internal Rules. Voting for Executive Committee European Group Members, weighting as per article 9 of the IFRRO Statutes. Nomination for Executive Committee All European Group Members shall have the right to nominate candidates for the European Group’s Executive Committee. Process to be managed by a Nominating Committee of three European Group members elected by the European Group, which will be supported by the IFRRO Secretariat.

[1] The European Group is established in accordance with Article 10 of IFRRO’s Internal Rules. Article 10.1 states that it is an “advisory” structure which does “not affect the competences of the General Meeting, the Board of Directors or the Secretariat. Statements and lobbying activities of the European Group (EG) must not be in conflict with IFRRO policies and statements as established by the IFRRO General Meetings (GM) or the Board. Where statements, information, lobbying or other similar activities cannot be based on existing positions of the GM, Board, EG or other approved IFRRO structures the Board’s approval of the EG’s position should be sought prior to the EG activity or submission. If this is not possible, for instance due to the urgency of the matter, the position must be brought up with the IFRRO Presidency through the IFRRO President or the Chief Executive. When the EG engages in an information, lobbying or similar activity or makes a submission it will, to the extent possible, involve the membership in the development of the position. Any IFRRO or EG member may reserve itself from the position in an activity embarked on or a submission made by the EG.

Mandate: The Regional Commitees assist local rightholders of published and printed material in guaranteeing copyright protection of their works through: 1. The development of proper copyright legal frameworks at national, regional and international levels 2. The establishment and development of regional RROs 3. The assistance to rightholders in providing access to copyright works and awareness and enforcement activities

Chair: Dora Makwinja (COSOMA)

Mandate: The Regional Committees assist local rightholders of published and printed material in guaranteeing copyright protection of their works through: 1. The development of proper copyright legal frameworks at national, regional and international levels 2. The establishment and development of regional RROs 3. The assistance to rightholders in providing access to copyright works and awareness and enforcement activities

Chair: Ana Maria Cabanellas (CADRA)

Vice Chair: Carol Newman (JAMCOPY)

Working Groups

The Board also appoints Working Groups to consider work on specific issues of interest to the IFRRO Community:

Mandate: The Working Group recommends solutions for difficulties involved in the reprography of still images and determines the strategy for co-operation and closer involvement of visual authors and photographers in the field of reprographic rights. The Working Group also exchanges information on different issues related to the management of visual material and other subjects relevant to the sector.

Chair: Vincent van den Eijnde (Stichting Pictoright)

Mandate: The Working Group provides relevant information to all IFRRO members on the analogue and digital licensing of material from newspapers and similar periodicals. This includes information on requirements for digital services in the news and journalistic media and how these can be monitised for the rightholders of original content; and how the development of digital media business models can be sustained.

Chair: Sandra Chastanet (CFC)

Fora

IFRRO has also established Fora for the exchange of information between organisations:

Mandate: The Equipment Levy Forum (ELF) with attendance open to all IFRRO members exchanges information on the administration of levies in relation to reprographic and similar reproduction.

Chair: George Andrew Zannos (OSDEL)

Mandate: The remit of the Legal Issues Forum (LIF) is to enable the exchange of information and discussions on legal issues relevant to the work of IFRRO and RROs.

Chair: Martin Kyst (Copydan Writing)

Mandate: the Public Lending Right forum, with attendance open to all IFRRO Members exchanges information and discusses technical issues in the administration of Public Lending Right.

Chair: Kurt Van Damme (REPROBEL)

To learn more about PLR, and the work of IFRRO and PLR International go to our Public Lending Rights page.