The International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) is an independent non-profit membership association. We facilitate, on an international basis, the collective management of reproduction and other rights in text and image works through the co-operation of our member Reproduction Rights Organisations (RROs).

IFRRO has over 150 members, drawn from more than 85 countries around the world. Our members represent many millions of authors, visual artists, and publishers of books, journals, newspapers, magazines and printed music.  

Our mission

To develop and promote effective collective rights management to ensure that the copyrights of authors and publishers are valued through the lawful and remunerated use of text and image-based works. 

Our values

In our work we value trust, diversity and commitment, and we act with tolerance and respect. 

RROs act on behalf of authors and publishers whenever the individual exercise of their rights is impracticable by giving access to copyright-protected works and enabling the reproduction and certain digital uses of these works.

IFRRO facilitates co-operation among RROs as well as with and among creators, publishers and their associations. Through this work IFRRO stimulates creativity, diversity and investment in cultural goods as a useful tool for rightholders, consumers, the economy and society as a whole.

IFRRO works to develop and increase public awareness of the need for effective RROs and to support joint efforts of publishers, authors and other rightsholders to develop rights management systems world-wide. 

To accomplish its mission, IFRRO develops studies and engages in information exchanges, fosters relationships between and amongst its members. We develop tools to encourage the efficient and effective transfer of rights and fees between rightsholders and users, consistent with the principle of national treatment. 

Key Objectives

IFRRO has two key objectives in its Strategic Plan 2021 – 2023 which are underpinned by a series of strategic priorities, that guide IFRRO's activities, in the areas.
 Advocate for copyright, collective management and the remunerated use of text and image based works. 
Develop targeted and effective messages to promote and explain copyright and the sprectrum of collective management solutions.
Support members in national, regional and international lobbying and law reform. 
Support members and partners in their efforts to reinforce the importance of the remunerated use of text and image based works. 
Capacity Building
  Enable authors and publishers to explore and benefit from new opportunities through effective collective management. 
Build collective management capacity amongst IFRRO members and in emerging economies.
Raising awareness and promoting the importance of a diverse, equitable and inclusive CMO network and working with stakeholders to build respect for diversity. 
Develop resources and tools to assist members with business, data and technology issues. 

The Strategic Plan is underpinned by the Communications Plan and the Development Plan.  Each year, key projects and workstreams are agreed which reflect these strategic priorities.  


Respect Copyright - Encourage Creativity

Copyright industries represent some 4-6 % of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in developed countries. Frequently, they are the fastest growing sector of the economy and amongst the most important contributors to the creation of new jobs and they should be encouraged and nurtured.

The importance of copyright is even more apparent in the digital environment. As the Internet and other networks have developed as the major channel for purchase of goods and services, there has been a tremendous increase in the use of copyrighted works such as text, music and illustration both in analogue and electronic forms. 

Copyright protection enhances electronic commerce and investment. For society, access to artistic, scientific and literary works is important. For rightsholders, books and newspapers, sheet music, journals and other intellectual properties generate important income. For users of copyrighted materials, smooth and easy rights clearance is a key incentive for obtaining permissions and paying royalties.

Unfortunately, unauthorised use of text and image copyrighted works is widespread. 

The services provided by RROs benefit both rightsholders and users, and in the long run, society as a whole. Users are granted reasonable access to copyrighted material and copyright holders are compensated for use of their works. Each year, RROs collect and distribute EUR 1 billion to rightsholders world-wide.