IFRRO starts working on establishing RROs in North Africa and the Middle East

On 2 and 3 March 2016, at the invitation of ONDA (Office National des Droits d’Auteur et des Droits Voisins), the Algerian Copyright Office and multipurpose CMO, IFRRO’s CEO Olav Stokkmo, and Policy Advisor Pierre-Olivier Lesburguères, made a study visit to Algiers. 


Pierre-Olivier Lesburguères, Lounès Abdoun, Olav Stokkmo, Sami Bencheikh El-Hocine. Photo: Adel Rouabah

During the visit, they met Algerian authors and publishers and their associations - (Union des écrivains algériens, UEA), the publishers' association (Syndicat National des Editeurs de Livres, SNEL) and individual publishers (Chihab and Dar El Hikma publishing houses), as well as officials, including the Minister of Culture, Honourable Azzedine Mihoubi, his Head of Cabinet and the Director for Books at the Ministry; the Centre National du Livre and the National Library. The visit also included a visit to the prestigious bookshop Librairie du Tiers Monde.

The ONDA, under the leadership of Director General M. Sami Bencheikh El-Hocine, has already started to collect compensatory remuneration of the reproduction of text and image works for private purposes on the basis of a levy on reprographic devices, in addition to a private copy levy relevant to other sectors. This is done on the basis of the Algerian Copyright Law of 2003, enabling the levying of import and manufacturing of reprographic devices. There is also a basis in the law for the licencing beyond the compensatory scheme for the reproduction for private use, and thus the possibility for authors and publishers to increase their control and  to be remunerated for the use of their works through collective rights management.

It therefore seems natural for IFRRO to explore further contact and possible cooperation with ONDA and the Algerian authors and publishers associations, also with the view of considering whether this could lead to enhanced collective management of reprographic rights in the North African region and the Middle East.

Find the website of ONDA here.