Rights Organisations urge EU to ensure that WIPO sticks to balanced mandate for copyright framework.

In an open letter to the European Commission, Council of the European Union and Members of the European Parliament, 22 copyright holders’ organisations at international, regional and national level ask the European Union and its Member States to join them in requesting that WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) clarifies its mandate before committing to any further work with regard to copyright limitations and exceptions.

The letter, which is signed by IFRRO’s CEO, Olav Stokkmo, on behalf of the 22 organisations argues that preferred approach should be to undertake an exchange of national experiences and technical cooperation based on the existing international copyright framework, which would also allow for appropriate and balanced copyright limitations and exceptions.

The 22 signatory organisations are: Australian Copyright Council (ACC), CISAC (Confédération Internationale des Sociétés d'Auteurs et Compositeurs), European Magazine Media Association (EMMA), European Newspaper Publishers’ Association (ENPA), European Publishers Council (EPC) , European Visual Artists (EVA), European Writers Council (EWC), FIA (International Federation of Actors), Federation of European Publishers (FEP), GESAC (European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers), ICMP (International Confederation of Music Publishing), IFRRO (International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations), IFPI representing the recording industry worldwide, IMPALA (Independent Music Companies Association), International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF), International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), International Federation of Musicians (FIM), International Publishers Association (IPA), International Video Federation (IVF), Motion Picture Association (MPA), International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical publishers (STM), UNI Global Union – Media, Entertainment and Arts (UNI MEI).

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