At the 28th session of the WIPO SCCR, IFRRO highlighted the critical role of authors, publishers and CMOs/RROs, in providing sustainable access to intellectual property in both developed and developing countries.
So-called “free access” to copyright works through exceptions and limitations, without remunerating copyright holders, cannot meet the dynamic needs of the user communities, whether served by libraries or archives, or in education. However, agreements with authors and publishers, supported by collective rights management, can.
IFRRO offered to contribute to the sharing of information, as required and appropriate, whatever form this takes, including through global, regional and national seminars.
IFRRO’s statement as made on 3 July 2014 at the WIPO SCCR is available here.