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.

Successful IFRRO World Congress and Annual General Meeting in Mexico City

Last updated on: Thu, 26/11/2015 - 16:20

From 9 to 13 of November, Mexico City hosted the IFRRO World Congress and Annual General Meeting 2015. 
Photo: Eugene Mopsik
The successful event included a busy programme and enabled side activities such as a local conference on Copyright in the 21st century, co organised by our host member CeMPro and IFRRO; and two activities for authors and their organisations led by the International Authors Forum (IAF). Also, during the week of th
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Zambian RRO signs first licencing agreement with a college

Last updated on: Thu, 26/11/2015 - 10:59

Zambia’s Reprographic Rights Society (ZARRSO), the Zambian RRO in membership of IFRRO, has signed its first licencing agreement with an educational institution, the Hotel and Tourism Training Institute (HTTI).

Photo: Annie Tembo

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ARIPO’s 39th Administrative Council and 15th Council of Ministers

Last updated on: Tue, 24/11/2015 - 10:45

IFRRO and ARIPO (the African Regional Property Organization, http://aripo.org/) signed an agreement on cooperation already in 2006. Under this agreement, we have collaborated in education programmes and various sensitizing ad training activities, IFRRO also attend, as Observers, ARIPO’s Administrative Council and Council of Ministers meetings.

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WIPO Deputy Director For Copyright Resigns

Last updated on: Tue, 24/11/2015 - 09:37

Anne Leer, the WIPO Director for Copyright, has resigned after less than a year in the position, citing "personal reasons".  IFRRO President Rainer Just and the CEO Olav Stokkmo acknowledge her work at WIPO and the good cooperation with IFRRO during the short time she worked there and sincerely regret her leaving WIPO.

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African Ministerial Conference adopts declaration on Intellectual Property

Last updated on: Tue, 24/11/2015 - 09:25

The African Ministerial conference 2015, which met in Dakar (Senegal) 3-5 November, adopted a Declaration on Intellectual Property (IP), which calls upon WIPO, in cooperation with African countries and bodies, to enhance its technical assistance aimed at inter alia “Providing legislative advice and creating an enabling legal framework for an effective and balanced use of the IP system for development by member states;” and “Supporting the development of effective collective management syste

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IFRRO submission on EC Consultation on the EU Satellite and Cable Directive

Last updated on: Tue, 17/11/2015 - 15:07

On 24 August 2015, the European Commission launched a consultation to review the EU Directive on the coordination of certain rules concerning copyright and rights related to copyright applicable to satellite broadcasting and cable retransmission. The aim of the consultation, according to the Commission, was to “gather input for the evaluation process in order to assess the current rules” and to “seek views on a possible extension of the Directive in light of market and technological developments, with the objective of contributing to the Digital Single Market Strategy”.

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IFRRO welcomes two new members

Last updated on: Tue, 17/11/2015 - 11:19

IFRRO is pleased to announce that it has accepted two new members into the IFRRO family.

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IFRRO Statement on CJEU ruling on HP – Reprobel Case - Court of Justice of the European Union decision not in keeping with well established functioning Collective Rights Management practice

Last updated on: Mon, 16/11/2015 - 09:06

IFRRO has issued the following statement on the CJEU ruling on the HP - Reprobel Case:

“On 12 November 2015, the Court of Justice of the EU ruled on a case between Hewlett Packard Belgium and the Belgian RRO Reprobel (C-572/13). The case pertains to the Belgian reprography scheme. The CJEU interprets the 2001 Copyright Directive answering a series of preliminary questions referred by the Court of Appeal of Brussels.

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IFRRO AGM adopts Open Access Statement and Resolution in support of a PLR scheme in Switzerland

Last updated on: Fri, 13/11/2015 - 10:04

The IFRRO AGM 2015, which met in Mexico City on 11 November 2015, adopted a statement on Open Access. Open Access models are increasingly being implemented in various contexts. IFRRO supports Open Access initiatives which encourage respect for copyright, and which, in turn, do not create confusion amongst authors, publishers and users.

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IFRRO AGM 2015 in Mexico City; Yngve Slettholm of Kopinor new IFRRO Vice President; Olav Stokkmo to step down as CEO in 2016

Last updated on: Fri, 13/11/2015 - 10:00

IFRRO's Annual General Meeting in Mexico City appointed Yngve Slettholm (KOPINOR) as new first Vice President of the Board, to replace Hélène Messier who had left the Canadian RRO, Copibec. Following Slettholm’s appointment, Dora Makwinja (COSOMA) has become Board Director.

It was further announced that Olav Stokkmo intends to step down as IFRRO CEO towards the end of 2016. The Board will start a process on his replacement and the position is announced on the IFRRO website.

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