At the invitation of the Korean Publishers Association (KPA), IFRRO, IPA and PLS joined forces to present a seminar on the importance of copyright to the publishing industry as part of the international seminar program at the Seoul International book fair.
José Borghino, IPA’s Secretary General, spoke about the current threats to the copyright ecosystem from pressure for expanded exceptions. Borghino said that knowing about and understanding these threats, helps to inform how copyright should be promoted and defended locally. Caroline Morgan, CEO of IFRRO, explained the important role that collective licensing through RROs plays in balancing the need for access to content with the importance of fairly compensating authors and publishers. Sarah Faulder, Chief Executive at PLS, then provided a case study of how collective management works in the UK. Faulder explained why their model for collective licensing works in practice and some key differences from other models.
A panel of Korean copyright experts then provided a commentary, asking questions about the nuts and bolts of collective management - how fees are set, data collection and distribution-. Korean right holders are lobbying for the introduction of a private levy and also for PLR to be introduced in the country, complementing the existing collective licence in education managed by IFRRO’s member KORRA.