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 accessed illegally 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.
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.
Sci-Hub to pay $15m for copyright infringement
Copyright Agency welcomes the passing of the Copyright Amendment Bill 2017 by the Australian Parliament
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
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
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.
The 2016 edition of the International Survey on Text and Image Copyright Levies is now available
The 2016 (and third) edition of the ‘International Survey of Text and Image Copyright Levies’, jointly published by WIPO and IFRRO is now available.
The publication builds on and updates the first two surveys published in 2014 and 2015, and analyses the origins, scope and current use of these levies around the world, and their role in ensuring easy legal access to copyright material.
IFRRO responds to the consultation on collective rights management in Singapore
The Ministry of Law and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) are conducting a public consultation on the Copyright Collective Rights Management Ecosystem in Singapore, as part of a broader review of the copyright legal framework in the country.
IFRRO welcomes three new members
IFRRO is pleased to announce that three new members have joined the IFRRO family: SODAV (Société Sénégalaise du Droit d'Auteur et des Droits Voisins), Stichting PRO (Stichting Publicatie – en reproductierechten Organsiatie) and EFJ (European Federation of Journalists).
Nigeria approves ratification of four copyright treaties
The Nigerian Government has recently approved the ratification of four copyright treaties: WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT); WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT); Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled (Marrakesh Treaty); and the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances (Beijing Treaty).
ABC launches its rebranded "ABC Global Book Service”
The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) recently launched a rebranded "ABC Global Book Service", previously known as the TIGAR Service. The service enables libraries for the blind in different countries to exchange books in accessible formats.
Germany refers questions to the CJEU for a preliminary ruling on the German news publishers’ right scheme
With decision of 8 May 2017, the regional Court of Berlin referred questions for a preliminary ruling to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) concerning the press publishers’ neighbouring right in Germany. The court is asking whether the rules on the press publishers’ neighbouring right implemented into German copyright law had to be notified to the European Commission first.