According to recent reports from China Written Works Copyright Society (CWWCS), IFRRO’s RRO member, the current five CMOs in China will no longer be under the direct administration of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China (SAPPRFT) as previously required by the Chinese government. However, the CMOs will still be under the supervision of the National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC), in accordance with the Regulations on Copyright Collective Management.
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.
Reorganisation of Copyright Management in China
Decision of the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal’s judicial review of the Copyright Board’s K-12 tariff
The Canadian Federal Court of Appeal released its decision regarding the judicial review of the Copyright Board’s K-12 tariff.
Copibec won the ability to commence a class action against Université Laval
The Quebec Court of Appeal has authorized Copibec to start a class action against Université Laval on behalf of all authors and publishers from Quebec, the rest of Canada and other countries. This decision overturns the February 2016 ruling by the Honourable Justice Beaupré of the Quebec Superior Court.
Court of Justice says that the European Union has exclusive competence to ratify the WIPO Marrakesh Treaty
On 14 February, in Opinion 3/15, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has found that the European Union has exclusive competence to conclude the WIPO Marrakesh Treaty.
Since the adoption of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled in June 2013 it was unclear whether the EU had the exclusive competence to ratify it, and a number of EU Member States were arguing against it. The European Commission asked the CJEU to give its Opinion on the question.
EWC, FEP and IFRRO organise a Seminar on the Copyright Reform at the European Parliament
Over 80 attendees took part in a Seminar on the Copyright Reform organised by EWC, FEP and IFRRO on 2 February at the European Parliament. The event was co-hosted by MEP Therese Comodini Cachia and MEP Jean-Marie Cavada, rapporteur and shadow rapporteur for the proposal for a Directive on copyright.
Copyright levies should not be subject to VAT says Court of Justice of the European Union
On 18 January 2017, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued its decision in case C-37/16 (Minister Finansów v Stowarzyszenie Artystów Wykonawców Utworów Muzycznych i Słowno-Muzycznych SAWP).
IFRRO participates in Conference on the Future of EU and UK Copyright
The referendum on EU membership that took place in the United Kingdom in June 2016 and the release of the Copyright Package by the European Commission in September of the same year could prove to be two decisive events for the future of copyright. It was in this context that the Journal on Intellectual Property Law & Practice (Oxford University Press) organised on 16 January 2017 a conference in London.
Maria A. Pallante, former US Registrar of Copyrights is the new head of AAP
Repronig refreshes its image and names new Executive Director
IFRRO’s Nigerian member, Repronig, has recently made key changes. On one hand, a new Executive Director has been appointed: John Asein, who has extensive experience in the copyright field, will be leading the organisation as from 2017. Another important change has to do with the organisation’ image; a new logotype has been designed, giving the RRO a new polished look.
U. S. Library of Congress seeks input on expertise needed by the Register of Copyrights
On 16 December 2016, Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden, announced that the public would have the opportunity to provide input to the Library of Congress on expertise needed by the Register of Copyrights through an on line survey. Anyone with an interest in US copyright is invited to complete the survey. The deadline is 31st of January 2017.