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.

CJEU decides that private copying levies only apply to reproductions from lawful sources

Last updated on: Thu, 10/04/2014 - 16:12

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has delivered today its decision in Case C-435/12 (ACI Adam BV and Others v Stichting de Thuiskopie, Stichting Onderhandelingen Thuiskopie vergoeding), in which it ruled that unlawful reproductions cannot be taken into account when calculating the amount of the private copying levy under the exception laid down in Article 5, paragraph 2, subparagraph b of Directive 2001/29/EC.

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CJEU rules that blocking orders are possible and do not have to be specific

Last updated on: Mon, 31/03/2014 - 10:06

The CJEU issued, on 27 March 2014, its decision on copyright site blocking injunctions in UPC Telekabel v Constantin Film (Case C-314/12), a reference from the Austrian Supreme Court. 

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EU Collective Rights Management Directive published in the EU Official Journal

Last updated on: Thu, 20/03/2014 - 17:22

The EU Collective Rights Management Directive was published on 20 March 2014 in the EU Official Journal, acquiring the official title of “Directive 2014/26/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on collective management of copyright and related rights and multi-territorial licensing of rights in musical works for online use in the internal market”.

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Viacom and Google settle U.S. copyright lawsuit against YouTube

Last updated on: Thu, 20/03/2014 - 14:52

Google and Viacom jointly announced on 18 March 2014 that they agreed to settle a seven-year long litigation, in which Viacom accused YouTube of allowing its users to upload copyrighted content.

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German legislation on orphan and out-of-commerce works

Last updated on: Mon, 17/03/2014 - 18:23

On 1 January 2014, the new German law on orphan and out-of-commerce works came into force.

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Francis Gurry wins Committee vote for next Director General of WIPO

Last updated on: Thu, 06/03/2014 - 21:15

On 6 March 2014, the Coordination Committee of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) nominated by consensus Mr. Francis Gurry for a second six-year term as Director General of WIPO.

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COPIBEC: New Licensing Agreements with Education Ministry and other organisations

Last updated on: Thu, 06/03/2014 - 11:45

A new licensing agreement with the ministry of education, recreation and sports, allows teaching personnel in Quebec elementary and high schools to make copies of excerpts from works that will be converted into digital formats. The new agreement therefore complements the existing agreement that was limited to print format copying. This agreement demonstrates that the Quebec Education Ministry values the work done by authors and publishers.

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CCC launches MOOC licensing solution

Last updated on: Thu, 06/03/2014 - 10:48

U.S. IFRRO member CCC recently launched a new content licensing solution, providing a simple, cost effective way to use published content in course materials.

Designed specifically for academic Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), this easy-to-use solution makes it possible to include published content in course readings. MOOCs are large virtual classrooms that are accessed online by students worldwide and that are often sponsored by leading academic institutions of higher education.

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French Constitutional Council upholds French Law on out-of-print books

Last updated on: Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:04

On 28 February 2014, the highest Constitutional authority in France confirmed that Law 2012-287 allowing for the digitisation and making available of protected out-of-print books is consistent with the French Constitution.

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Swedish RRO Bonus Copyright Access and Association of Swedish Higher Education sign new licence agreement

Last updated on: Mon, 03/03/2014 - 11:16

Since January 2014, there is a new licence agreement between the Swedish RRO, Bonus Copyright Access and SUHF (The Association of Swedish Higher Education). The new agreement increases the possibilities for both students and teachers to copy and share copyright protected material both in paper and electronic forms.

More information is available here.  
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