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 African Development Committee meets in Johannesburg, South Africa

Last updated on: Fri, 04/08/2017 - 13:18

On 25 and 26 July, twelve members of the IFRRO African Development Committee (ADC) met in Johannesburg together with representatives of ARIPO, OAPI, and the IFRRO Secretariat.

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CLASS signs licence agreement with the Singapore University of Social Sciences

Last updated on: Fri, 04/08/2017 - 12:55

On a press release issued recently, CLASS, IFRRO’s member in Singapore, stated that a new licence agreement with the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) had been reached, while the RRO has also renewed agreements with all government universities.

Swedish Patent and Market Court decision on Bildupphovsrätt vs Wikimedia Sweden

Last updated on: Sun, 23/07/2017 - 11:19

On 6 July, the Swedish Patent and Market Court ruled in favour of Bildupphovsrätt in the lawsuit against Wikimedia Sweden. The Court established that Wikimedia Sweden’s online publication of an image database

CLNZ releases 2016 report

Last updated on: Thu, 13/07/2017 - 11:30

IFRRO’s member in New Zealand, CLNZ, has recently released its 2016 report. The report highlights their 2016 achievements - which include the implementation of WISE (Web based IFRRO standard Software Environment), the IFRRO standard software for RROs, for managing the electronic usage data provided by universities and for distributions. The implementation of WISE has led to innovation and efficiency in CLNZ’s operations.

Federal Court of Canada decision on the case Access Copyright vs York University 

Last updated on: Thu, 20/07/2017 - 15:24

On July 12, a judgment was issued in Access Copyright vs York University. The Court ruled against Toronto’s York University for copyright infringement. 

Spain: new regulation on private copy passed by the Congress

Last updated on: Thu, 20/07/2017 - 15:22

On 17 June, the Congress of Deputies of Spain passed the new legislation on private copy in compliance with the EU InfoSoc Directive. The legislation regulates the new system of financing the private copy compensation corresponding to the book, cinema and music sectors. 

Sci-Hub to pay $15m for copyright infringement

Last updated on: Sun, 02/07/2017 - 20:31

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled on 21 June that $15m should be paid to Elsevier by websites that illicitly offer millions of research papers and books that are protected by copyright. The main websites involved in the case are Sci-Hub and the Library of Genesis (LibGen) project. These and other related sites have illegally accessed secure computer networks of universities by hijacking proxy credentials and stealing more than 50 million copyrighted works, infringing a serious damage to the scholarly community. 

Copyright Agency welcomes the passing of the Copyright Amendment Bill 2017 by the Australian Parliament

Last updated on: Thu, 20/07/2017 - 15:18

As previously reported here, the Australian Government introduced into Parliament the Copyright Amendment Bill (Disability and Other Measures). The Bill was recently passed.

Copyright Agency and Viscopy to merge

Last updated on: Thu, 22/06/2017 - 19:07

Copyright Agency and Viscopy announced that after a five-year ‘Services Agreement’ between the two rights management organisations, a merger will be completed by the end of 2017. 

The merger will be subject to the approval of the Australian Supreme Court, the Australian corporate regulator ASIC and the membership of both organisations of over 43,000 members, ranging from visual artists and illustrators to journalists, cartoonists, surveyors, educational authors and publishers,. 

CADRA signs a new digital licence with the Argentinean Psychoanalytic Association

Last updated on: Tue, 20/06/2017 - 20:47

CADRA, IFRRO’s Argentinean member, recently signed a digital licence with the Argentinean Psychoanalytic Association (APA), which houses the largest psychoanalysis library of the Spanish speaking countries. The library is made up of over 30,000 books and magazines, from which 70% is not available anywhere else due to their out of commerce status.