IFRRO’s RRO member in Quebec, Copibec, announced the expansion of DONA (Documents numériques accessibles/Accessible digital documents), a new platform for downloading digital books adapted to students with visual and other disabilities.Frédérique Couette ©Copibec
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.
Copibec expands DONA, its platform for downloading digital books for students with special needs
CEDRO's fight against online piracy results in the blockage of 122 Telegram channels
CEDRO, IFRRO’s Spanish RRO member, successfully blocked 122 Telegram channels, with more than 380,000 users, where thousands of pirated copies of books, newspapers and magazines were shared. Telegram is a cloud-based instant messaging and voice over IP service similar to WhatsApp and Viber and given the average size of written works files, they were shared easily in the platform.
Daren Tang of Singapore appointed as WIPO Director General
The member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) appointed by consensus Mr. Daren Tang as the Organization's next Director General, with Mr. Tang's six-year term beginning on October 1, 2020.
Mr. Tang’s appointment by the General Assembly, WIPO’s highest governing body, followed his nomination by the WIPO Coordination Committee in March, 2020. Mr. Tang will succeed Mr. Francis Gurry, who has served as WIPO's Director General since October 1, 2008.
European cultural and creative sectors call for ambitious EU budgetary measures to face the COVID-19 crisis
In an open letter, over seventy organisations representing Europe’s cultural and creative sectors -including IFRRO and several of its members- are calling for ambitious EU budgetary measures to provide support to the sectors, which were among the first and hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis and will likely be among the last.
Zambia: authors, publishers and CMO lead COVID-2019 prevention campaign
ZARRSO, the Zambian RRO, has launched a campaign to prevent the spread of the deadly virus in the country. The ZARRSO-led campaign, in Bemba language
While content creators have been hard-hit by the health crisis, creating deep distress across the cultural sector, the local authors and publishers of Zambia are using their skills and talent to prevent the virus from spreading.
Access Copyright says the decision in the York University case is a “mixed outcome”
On April 22, the Federal Court of Appeal in Canada, handed down its decision in Access Copyright v York University, finding that the copying Guidelines used by York University to provide course materials to students exceeded the scope of educational fair dealing in Canada. Roanie Levy, President, CEO, Access Copyright ©WIPO.
National Library of Tunisia joins the Accessible Books Consortium
La Bibliothèque nationale de Tunisie (National Library of Tunisia) has recently joined the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC), a public-private partnership led by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to increase the number of books worldwide in accessible formats and make them available to people who are blind, visually impaired or are otherwise print disabled. IFRRO sits on the ABC Advisory Board.
IAF, IPA, STM, EIBF and IFRRO joint statement on World Book and Copyright Day 2020
On the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day 2020, IFRRO has, together with the International Authors Forum (IAF), the International Publishers Association (IPA), the International Association of STM Publishers (STM) and the European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), released a joint statement urging governments all over the world to recognize, support and celebrate the importance of books, learning solutions, and professional and scholarly content by adopting economic stimulus packages to sustain their respective publishing sectors and the value chains that surround them.
IFRRO International World Congress (IWC) 2020 cancelled
The IFRRO Board has made the decision to cancel the 2020 International World Congress (IWC). IFRRO will hold its 2020 Annual General Meeting on the 4th November 2020 as a remote event. .
On the passing of Rosario Kamanga
The IFRRO community is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Rosario Kamanga, Senior Licensing Officer at the Copyright Society of Malawi, COSOMA. Rosario managed reprography for COSOMA, the Malawian CMO. He was also an integral member of the IFRRO community.