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.

New ruling of the Court of Justice of the EU on fair compensation for private copying

Last updated on: Thu, 28/04/2016 - 14:23

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled on 21 April in Austro-Mechana v Amazon (case C-572/14) that the entity in charge of collecting the fair compensation stemming from a private copying exception (as provided in Article 5(2)(b) of the EU Copyright Directive) can claim missing payments in the Member State where those have arisen – meaning, in short, that a CMO in charge of collecting private copying levies can start proceedings for failure to pay in the Member State where the recording media or devices have been placed on the market. 
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Getty Images files EU complaint against Google Images

Last updated on: Thu, 28/04/2016 - 14:19

Getty images, the American stock photo agency, filed on 27 April a complaint with the European Commission for unfair competition against Google.
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World IP Day 2016 – Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined

Last updated on: Tue, 26/04/2016 - 09:24

Today, April 26, is World Intellectual Property Day.  The theme is “Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined” and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is promoting a discussion of the role of intellectual property in encouraging innovation and creativity.  It has described the challenge of a flexible, adaptive intellectual property system to help ensure that the artists and creative industries in our digital universe can be properly paid for their work, so they can keep creating.

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IFRRO and WIPO support new Collective Management Organisation (CMO) in Senegal

Last updated on: Mon, 25/04/2016 - 09:52

On 18-20 April, IFRRO and WIPO coorganised seminars and a conference to support SODAV, the new multi-disciplinary CMO in Senegal, which will also administer collectively reprography and certain other rights in text and image works sector.

Conference participants surrounding the Minister of Culture and Communication of Senegal - photo Daniel Gomez

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What are Publishers for? – Michael Fraser challenges today’s misconceptions on copyright

Last updated on: Thu, 21/04/2016 - 10:22

In a powerful Charles Clarke Memorial Lecture, Professor Michael Fraser, Faculty of Law at the University of Technology, Sydney, asserted copyright’s role as a champion of freedom of expression, a gateway to public access to culture and creativity and an enabler of high quality professional original works.

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Ireland implements CRM Directive

Last updated on: Tue, 19/04/2016 - 13:57

The Irish Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation has signed a new Statutory Instrument, implementing the European CRM Directive (Directive 2014/26/EU). 

There will also be further regulations from the Controller of Patents as to the details of the Compliance Statement and any amendments to the annual registration process and ICLA is currently working through the SI to evaluate what changes to the structure of the organisation and to the workflow are required.

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US Supreme Court Declines to Review Fair Use Finding in Book Copying Case Against Google

Last updated on: Tue, 19/04/2016 - 09:16

The U.S. Supreme Court has refuse to review the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Authors Guild v. Google, a copyright infringement case originally filed in 2005.  This leaves standing the Second Circuit’s unprecedented expansion of the fair use doctrine—holding that Google’s copying and providing access to some 4 million copyrighted books for profit-making purposes was a fair use. With only seven justices voting whether or not to grant review (Justice Kagan recused herself), the petition faced an uphill battle to gain the four votes necessary for a grant of review.

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Piracy of leisure books in Spain in 2015

Last updated on: Mon, 18/04/2016 - 13:31

The Spanish Creators Coalition, to which our member CEDRO belongs, presented recently their Piracy Observatory 2015. The study that was aimed at analysing the impact of piracy in the country, has revealed alarming results in terms of the damage to the creative industries. 
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ZARRSO signs new licensing agreement

Last updated on: Mon, 18/04/2016 - 13:09

The Zambian RRO ZARRSO has signed another licensing agreement. The Agreement was signed on 15 April 2016 with Zambia Centre for Accountancy Studies (ZCAS) an institution with 2500 students and 70 lecturers. Although there was no formal signing ceremony, both parties executed the agreement and ZARRSO awaits payment as per the issued invoice for the year 2016.

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The Accessible Books Consortium announces the winners of the International Excellence Award 2016

Last updated on: Wed, 13/04/2016 - 15:34

The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) has announced the winners of the International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing 2016, during an awards ceremony at the London Book Fair on 13 April. 

Elsevier won in the publisher category, whilst the Action on Disability Rights and Development (ADRAD), an NGO, and the DK Braille Concept Development Team (part of Penguin Random House) won in the project initiative category.
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