After one decade of disputes, Austria’s Supreme Court has ruled against Amazon.com and confirmed the current system of levies on media storage devices on 15th March 2017. The decision obliges Amazon to pay to Austrian Copyright Collecting Societies for each media storage device imported and placed on the Austrian market.
IFRRO, the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations, is the main international network of collective management organisations and creators’ and publishers’ associations in the text and image spheres. We work to protect and enable easy legal access to copyright material.
Austrian Supreme Court confirms levy on media storage devices
Collective management in the Arab region: IFRRO attends WIPO meeting in Tunisia
On 29 and 30 March 2017 IFRRO participated in a Regional Meeting for Copyright Offices in the Arab Region that was organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the Tunisian Copyright Office, OTDAV (Organisme Tunisien des Droits d’Auteur et des Droits Voisins).
© Pierre-Olivier Lesburguères
LATREPRO, the Latvian RRO, signs breakthrough licensing agreement with Government
On the 22nd of February 2017 Association LATREPRO, the Latvian RRO in membership of IFRRO, and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia on behalf of the Republic of Latvia have signed an agreement for the payment of yearly remuneration for reprographic reproduction of works for personal use in public administration for the year 2016 and subsequent years 2017 and 2018.
Over 400 authors and publishers write open letter regarding copyright infringement at Université Laval
In an open letter to the three candidates for the position of Rector of Université Laval, more than 400 authors and publishers have drawn the ongoing litigation between the university and Copibec, the RRO in Quebec to their attention.
Following the unilateral decision of the university not to renew the licence offered by Copibec, it is estimated that authors and publishers have suffered a loss of income amounting to more than 1,200,000 $ to day.
IFRRO participates in sensitising meetings with ZARRSO, the Zambian RRO
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On 13-15 March 2017 IFRRO’s Policy Advisor Pierre-Olivier Lesburguères and Cosoma’s Head of the RRO Unit Rosario Kamanga travelled to Lusaka, Zambia to participate in a series of meetings with the Zambian RRO, ZARRSO.
CEDRO launches online workshop on intellectual property for teachers in Madrid
On 21 March, CEDRO and NBC Universal, launched an online workshop on intellectual property for elementary and high school teachers in Madrid. The workshop aims to raise awareness about the general principles of intellectual property and their implementation in the class room. The workshop will be offered to teachers in Madrid for the scholar period 2017-20018.
Australia introduces Copyright Amendment Bill that includes disability and other measures
The Australian Government has announced the introduction of the Copyright Amendment (Disability and Other Measures) Bill into Parliament. This Bill includes important amendments to streamline the educational statutory licences and library exceptions, as well as amendments to implement the Marrakesh Treaty in Australia. In this regard, Copyright Agency, our Australian RRO member, said to be pleased with the introduced provisions, and released an statement, which can be read here (PDF).
IFRRO participates in Kopinor – Norcode Regional Meeting in Gaborone, Botswana
On 8 and 9 March 2017, IFRRO’s CEO Caroline Morgan and IFRRO’s Policy Advisor Pierre-Olivier Lesburguères participated in the sixth regional RRO meeting organised by Kopinor, the Norwegian RRO, and Norcode, the Norwegian Copyright Development Association, in Gaborone, Botswana.
Photo: Heidi Wøllo
Joint letter to the Prime Minister of Spain regarding private copy
IFRRO and FEP at YAYBIR’s General Assembly
YAYBIR-Publishers Copyright & Licensing Society had its biannual General Assembly on 2 March in Istanbul. Current issues for the publishing industry, copyright and collective management were discussed in the meeting.