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 statement at the 30th WIPO SCCR

Last updated on: Fri, 03/07/2015 - 08:55

The 30th meeting of the WIPO SCCR (Standing Committee on Copyright Related Rights) continued its discussions on library exceptions and limitations. Having agreed to use a methodology proposed by Martín Moscoso, the session Chair, which suggests to deal with 11 topics selected by the WIPO Member States, the discussions on 2 July focused on preservation of copyright works by libraries and archives. IFRRO acknowledges the important role of libraries in preserving and making available cumulative knowledge, and that there are countries where appropriate exceptions may be required.

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CLA, the IFRRO UK RRO member, launches new Second Extract Permissions Service

Last updated on: Thu, 02/07/2015 - 09:57

The IFRRO member in the UK, The Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA), is launching a new service to allow universities to buy rights instantly online. The new ‘Second Extract Permissions Service’ enables universities to buy rights instantly when they need to copy more than is allowed under the CLA Higher Education Licence, speeding up the process and reducing administration costs. Over 100 major publishers are signed up to the service, and universities are invited to pre-register now online ahead of an August rollout at http://he.cla.co.uk/second-extract.

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Study on open data registries commissioned by the French Government

Last updated on: Wed, 01/07/2015 - 11:31

The French Government commissioned in 2014 a study on open metadata registries, and its first outcomes have been presented in May 2015.
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China and the European Union upgrade the dialogue on Intellectual Property and sign a Memorandum of Understanding

Last updated on: Tue, 30/06/2015 - 15:02

On 29 June 2015, the European Union and China have celebrated in Brussels the ten years’ anniversary of the structured annual dialogue on Intellectual Property Rights, in the wider context of the 17th EU-China summit. In a joint statement released after the summit, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, “reconfirmed the importance of the EU-China IP Dialogue and applauded the progress achieved in the past 10 years.
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IFRRO seeks General Counsel and Deputy Secretary General

Last updated on: Mon, 29/06/2015 - 11:18

Our General Counsel is leaving us for a position at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and we are seeking her replacement.

Job Description

Reporting directly to IFRRO’s Chief Executive and Secretary General, the job includes

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Report on the implementation of Directive 2001/29/EC available

Last updated on: Fri, 26/06/2015 - 12:36

The own-initiative report on the implementation of Directive 2001/29 that was adopted by the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee on 16 June can be read and downloaded here.
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UK’s new private copying exception found to be unlawful by UK High Court

Last updated on: Fri, 26/06/2015 - 08:43

In October 2014, the UK government introduced a series of changes to the UK’s copyright regime. This included a private copying exception, allowing individuals who have acquired permanent and legal copies of copyrighted works to make personal copies of that material, without also introducing a mechanism to compensate rightholders for that activity. However, this new private copying regime was not supported by sufficient evidence, the UK High Court held in a decision published on 19 June 2015.

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New website blocking legislation supports Australian creators

Last updated on: Wed, 24/06/2015 - 10:23

The Australian Government has introduced new legislation, targeting overseas websites whose main purpose is to allow massive online theft at the expense of writers, visual artists, photographers, journalists and publishers.

A similar mechanism to block websites was recently granted to the British Publishers Association to take down infringing sites distributing millions of e-books.

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Outcome of the vote on Julia Reda’s report on the implementation of Directive 2001/29/EC

Last updated on: Tue, 16/06/2015 - 15:34

Five months after the release of MEP Julia Reda’s draft report on the implementation of Directive 2001/29/EC, a vote was held this morning at the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee, on the draft report itself, the 556 amendments tabled to it by other MEPs and the compromise amendments that MEPs agreed on across political groups.

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EU Advocate General’s Opinion in case C 572/13, HP Belgium v. Reprobel

Last updated on: Thu, 11/06/2015 - 14:10

In the Opinion published on 11 June 2015, Advocate General Cruz Villalón suggests that the EU Court of Justice should respond to the reference by the Cour d’appel de Bruxelles as follows:

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