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.


Australia introduces Copyright Amendment Bill that includes disability and other measures

Last updated on: Thu, 23/03/2017 - 13:54

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

Last updated on: Thu, 23/03/2017 - 11:23

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.img_7997_.jpg 
Photo: Heidi Wøllo

Joint letter to the Prime Minister of Spain regarding private copy

Last updated on: Tue, 21/03/2017 - 13:22

CEDRO, IFRRO, AEPO-ARTIS, Eurocopya, EuroFIA, FSE, GESAC and SAA have jointly sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Spain, Mr Mariano Rajoy Brey.

IFRRO and FEP at YAYBIR’s General Assembly 

Last updated on: Thu, 09/03/2017 - 16:40

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. yaybiragm2017_ifrrowebsite_1.jpg

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IFRRO participates in the Emirates Reproduction Rights Forum 2017

Last updated on: Mon, 06/03/2017 - 11:16

Experts, including IFRRO CEO Caroline Morgan, gathered in Sharjah on 27 and 28 February, to discuss establishing the Arab World’s first Reproduction Rights Organisation (RRO) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

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Photo: EPA 

CLASS, IFRRO’s Singaporean member, reaches agreement with the Government on copyright licence renewal  

Last updated on: Wed, 01/03/2017 - 09:23

CLASS has recently reached an agreement with the Singapore Government, Ministry of Education, (MOE) to renew the copyright licence for all its secondary schools and junior colleges. The MOE has also agreed to pay licence fees based on student enrolments instead of usage under the old system calculated on the number of pages copied.

Reorganisation of Copyright Management in China 

Last updated on: Thu, 16/02/2017 - 15:42

According to recent reports from China Written Works Copyright Society (CWWCS), IFRRO’s RRO member, the current five CMOs in China will no longer be under the direct administration of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China (SAPPRFT) as previously required by the Chinese government. However, the CMOs will still be under the supervision of the National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC), in accordance with the Regulations on Copyright Collective Management.

Decision of the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal’s judicial review of the Copyright Board’s K-12 tariff 

Last updated on: Wed, 15/02/2017 - 12:43

The Canadian Federal Court of Appeal released its decision regarding the judicial review of the Copyright Board’s K-12 tariff. 

Copibec won the ability to commence a class action against Université Laval 

Last updated on: Wed, 15/02/2017 - 12:25

The Quebec Court of Appeal has authorized Copibec to start a class action against Université Laval on behalf of all authors and publishers from Quebec, the rest of Canada and other countries. This decision overturns the February 2016 ruling by the Honourable Justice Beaupré of the Quebec Superior Court. 
 

Court of Justice says that the European Union has exclusive competence to ratify the WIPO Marrakesh Treaty

Last updated on: Wed, 15/02/2017 - 11:45

On 14 February, in Opinion 3/15, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has found that the European Union has exclusive competence to conclude the WIPO Marrakesh Treaty.

Since the adoption of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled in June 2013 it was unclear whether the EU had the exclusive competence to ratify it, and a number of EU Member States were arguing against it. The European Commission asked the CJEU to give its Opinion on the question.