IFRRO, the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations, is the main international network of collective management organisations and creators’ and publishers’ associations in the text and image spheres. We work to protect and enable easy legal access to copyright material.

IFRRO cooperates in workshop to support collective management in Lagos (Nigeria)

Last updated on: Tue, 06/10/2015 - 16:13

On 30 September, IFRRO cooperated in a workshop co-organised with the Nigerian Intellectual Property Office, NCC (Nigerian Copyright Council); the Norwegian Development Association NORCODE; and WIPO. Dora Makwinja, IFRRO Board member, Chair of IFRRO’s Africa Development Committee, and Executive Director of COSOMA (Malawi) and the IFRRO CEO Olav Stokkmo were IFRRO speakers.

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IFRRO-AGEPI workshop on “Collective Management of Reproduction Rights” in Moldova

Last updated on: Tue, 06/10/2015 - 16:01

On 14 September 2015, the State Agency on Intellectual Property of Moldova (AGEPI) hosted a workshop, entitled “Collective Management of Reproduction Rights”, in Chișinău (Moldova). Organisers of the event were AGEPI and IFRRO, represented by Anita Huss-Ekerhult, IFRRO’s General Counsel.

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Meetings in Accra successfully test WIPO TAG Compendium and discuss educational licensing

Last updated on: Mon, 05/10/2015 - 12:16

On 24 and 25 September, IFRRO, IFPI and WIPO co-organised a workshop in Accra to test the Compendium, developed by the WIPO initiative TAG (Transparency, Accountability and Good Governance).  The Compendium was developed for training, education and benchmarking purposes and had previously been sent to the RROs and international author and publisher association members of IFRRO for comments.

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Consumer Rights Act 2015 introduces class action system in the UK

Last updated on: Mon, 05/10/2015 - 09:44

Following the Royal Assent to the UK Consumer Rights Act 2015 (the “Act”) on 26 March 2015, the UK's first class action regime will come into force on 1 October 2015. The Act will reform UK private competition law enforcement, in order to make it easier for parties, particularly SMEs and individuals, to bring private enforcement actions in the UK. The three main ways are:

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IFRRO submission on the South Africa Copyright Bill

Last updated on: Tue, 29/09/2015 - 14:06

IFRRO has submitted comments to the South African Department of Trade and Industry on the proposed Copyright Amendment Bill 2015.

In its comments IFRRO draws attention to the importance of locally created content to cultural independence, the economy and employment and submits that the current draft of the Bill is likely to have a negative impact on locally created content.

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IFRRO Comments regarding the European Copyright Society’s Opinion on Case C-572/13, Hewlett-Packard Belgium v. Reprobel

Last updated on: Tue, 29/09/2015 - 09:37

On June 11, 2015, the Advocate-General (AG) Pedro Cruz Villalón delivered his Opinion in Case C-572/13, Hewlett-Packard Belgium v. Reprobel.

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European Commission launches two consultations on geo-blocking and online platforms

Last updated on: Thu, 24/09/2015 - 16:50

The European Commission has launched today two consultations on geo-blocking and online platforms, in the form of questionnaires that can be answered here (for geo-blocking) and here (for online platforms and related matters). According to the Commission’s press release, the scope of these consultations is the following:

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Synopsis of "Publishers’ share of fair remuneration", an article by Dr. Nikolaus Kraft

Last updated on: Fri, 18/09/2015 - 09:52

The following is a brief summary of the expert opinion of Dr. Nikolaus Kraft, commissioned by the Federation of Austrian Publishers. The article (in German: „Die Beteiligung der Verleger an gesetzlichen Vergütungsansprüchen“) has been published in Medien und Recht, 4/2015, and can be ordered under http://shop.medien-recht.ws/shopdetails.php?id=3024.

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French lawyer publishes book entitled “2015: the end of copyright? Taking for free is Stealing”

Last updated on: Fri, 11/09/2015 - 16:22

Richard Malka, a famous lawyer and author who has been, inter alia, the lawyer of Charlie Hebdo since 1992, has been commissioned by the French IFRRO member Syndicat National du Livre (SNE) to publish a book on the planned reforms of copyright in France and in the EU. The book is available for free in French and in English, online and in bookshops to which 50,000 copies of the book have been distributed on 10 September. SNE also launched a website in conjunction with the release of the book: http://www.auteursendanger.fr/ (authors in danger).

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New CLA deal simplifies access to published material for National Health Service in England

Last updated on: Tue, 08/09/2015 - 16:06

CLA (The Copyright Licensing Agency) has announced a new deal with the UK Department of Health (DoH) that will simplify access to content for all staff of the NHS in England, as well as employees in other bodies funded by the DoH.

The partnership includes access to DRM-free articles from the British Library, one of the largest document collections in the world. It covers every aspect of scientific, technical, healthcare and human knowledge, in many languages and holds journals, books, conference documents, reports, patents and theses, as well as official publications and images.

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