IFRRO Statements at SCCR39

At the end of October, IFRRO attended the WIPO International Conference on Exceptions and Limitations and the 39th meeting of WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights.

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IFRRO’s President Rainer Just reading a statement at the SCCR ©WIPO

On the first day of the SCCR, Rainer Just, President of IFRRO, read the following statement:

“Thank you, Mr Chair, for allowing IFRRO to take the floor.

The International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations, IFRRO, is the network for the Collective Management Organisations and author and publisher organisations in the text and image sector, with 151 member organisations in more than 80 countries worldwide.

Collective Management Organisations in the text and image sector exist on all continents, in small as well as big countries, in developed countries as well as those that are developing and in all legal systems. They represent authors, visual artists, publishers, and they negotiate licences for the use and re-use of copyright protected works with educational institutions, research institutions, libraries, businesses and governments.

We attended the International Conference on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries, Archives, Museums and Educational & Research Institutions organised by WIPO last week. We also participated in all three regional seminars in Singapore, Nairobi, and Santo Domingo.

We appreciated the quality of the discussions, the amount of information shared, and the common understanding that emerged from the debates across all Member States. The issue of exceptions and limitations was thoroughly discussed, and their importance as a part of the copyright framework was acknowledged. Our view is that copyright law is not the main hindrance to the well-functioning of schools, universities, libraries and other institutions. Rather, it is the lack of capacity and infrastructure and the non-implementation of already existing international copyright instruments.

As IFRRO has always believed, appropriate exceptions and limitations can be introduced in national legislation under current international legal instruments, and legislators can use the current copyright system to meet their needs.

Based on the discussions at the three regional seminars and of the international conference, IFRRO favours an outcome from the SCCR discussions on exceptions and limitations, which includes the exchange of information and practices, the offering of a demand driven WIPO-led technical assistance program to which we will offer to contribute, and government cooperation.

I thank you Mr. Chair.”

On the last day of the SCCR, IFRRO made two statements to support the proposal from Senegal and Congo to include the Resale Right in the Agenda of Future work by the SCCR and to welcome the proposal made by Sierra Leone to ask WIPO to support a study on public lending right systems.