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.

European Parliament approves the Juncker Commission

Last updated on: Fri, 24/10/2014 - 08:22

The European Parliament voted today in favour of the new Juncker Commission by 423 votes to 209 (and 67 abstentions). The majority was made up of the European People’s Party (EPP), the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) and the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) groups. Members from the European Conservatives & Reformists group (ECR) abstained, while those from the Greens, European United Left (GUE) and Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy (EFDD) groups rejected the new Commission.

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Spain approves amendments to the Copyright Act

Last updated on: Mon, 20/10/2014 - 15:56

On 15 October, the Spanish Senate (High Chamber) approved an amendment of the Copyright Act, which, in the view of CEDRO, the Spanish RRO will result in the weakening of collective management of authors’ rights and copyright in Spain. The main aspects of the amendments concern private copying, the use of textual works for educational purposes, orphan works, control of RRO and other CMOs, and copyright enforcement, with a main focus on the fight against digital piracy. The text will have to be ratified by the Congress and then published in the Official State Gazette.

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Academic publishers win appeal in U.S. “George State University” case

Last updated on: Mon, 20/10/2014 - 08:29

On 17 October 2014, U.S. academic publishers won an important legal debate about digital access to copyrighted works under the U.S. “fair use” doctrine.

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TERA Consultant Report - EU Creative industries account for nearly 7% of GDP

Last updated on: Thu, 16/10/2014 - 06:21

A new study on the economic contribution of the creative industries to EU GDP and employment between 2008 and 2011 shows that the value added by the total creative industries (core creative industries plus non-core creative industries) in the European Union is approximately €860 billion, representing a 6.8% share of GDP. The core industries alone generates €558 billion in value.

Add to this the contribution to jobs – 8.3 million – and it is clear that the creative industries are a key driver of the EU economy.

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Value of copyright campaign at the Publishing Perspectives stage at the Frankfurt book fair

Last updated on: Thu, 09/10/2014 - 09:45

On Wednesday 8 October, the Value of copyright campaign and the Copyrightlink website were the main topic at one of the sessions on Publishing Perspectives Stage at the Frankfurt book fair.

Olav Stokkmo, Edward Nawotka and Robert Levine at the Publishing Perspectives stage

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IFRRO launches Value of Copyright campaign to improve level of copyright debate

Last updated on: Wed, 08/10/2014 - 07:17

CopyrightLink.org website unveiled as new online home for information on copyright

The International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) has announced the launch of The Value of Copyright, a campaign designed to emphasise the importance of copyright and improve information about the protection of literary and artistic works , primarily in the text and image-based sectors.

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Canadian students face higher Course Pack costs after University of Toronto ends Access Copyright License

Last updated on: Thu, 25/09/2014 - 09:35

According to an article in the student magazine Varsity, the brave new world which was to be ushered in by the changes in Canadian copyright legislation in 2012 has turned sour for students at the University of Toronto.

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Spanish Supreme Court refers case on private copying levies to CJEU

Last updated on: Fri, 19/09/2014 - 15:16

On 18 September 2014, following an administrative appeal against the Royal Decree 1657/2012, filed by the Spanish CMOs VEGAP, EGEDA and DAMA concerning the legitimacy of the Spanish system of private copying levies, the Spanish Supreme Court has referred the following two questions to the European Court of Justice: 

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CJEU Advocate General suggests adoption of new 'causal event' jurisdiction criterion for online copyright infringement cases

Last updated on: Tue, 16/09/2014 - 13:18

On 11 September 2014, Advocate General (AG) Cruz Villalón released his Opinion in Case C-441/13, Pez Hejduk v EnergieAgentur.NRW GmbH, a reference for a preliminary ruling from Austria, seeking clarification as regards matters of private international law in online copyright infringement cases.

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CJEU Advocate General concludes that there can only be "analogue" exhaustion

Last updated on: Tue, 16/09/2014 - 13:13

Advocate General (AG) Cruz Villalón issued his Opinion (dated 11 September 2014) in Case C-419/13, Art & Allposters International BV v Stichting Pictoright, a reference for a preliminary ruling from the Dutch Supreme Court, clarifying the question whether a person who owns the copyright in a painting, who has previously consented to its marketing as a poster, can later object to the commercialisation of the s

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