IFRRO is the leading body on an international level that fosters and provides information on reproduction rights and the collective management of such rights in the text and image sector.
It is a co-operation partner for international intergovernmental bodies and organisations, including peak bodies such as UNESCO and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) with which IFRRO enjoys NGO status and has a cooperation agreement on copyright awareness and enforcement and the building of collective management structures.
IFRRO also works with other regional intergovernmental groups such as the European Union, CERLALC, ARIPO, OAPI, and SADC. In its field, IFRRO also provides information to national stakeholders and governments. This enables IFRRO to influence the development of national legislation and the establishment of rights holder associations as well as collective management organisations worldwide.
RRO membership in IFRRO therefore provides:
• International recognition and standing. Being a member of IFRRO means that the international community of RROs and rightsholders associations recognise the RRO. This leads to increased legitimacy to the work of the RRO, both nationally and internationally.
• International repertoire of works and rights. RROs in membership of IFRRO enter into bilateral and multilateral arrangements with each other. This enables them to administer the rights of foreign rightsholders and offer users access to a more complete portfolio of works. At the same time it ensures the administration, protection and collection of revenues by effective and efficient licensing bodies when the works represented are used abroad.
• Conferences and Training. IFRRO offers in numerous workshops and other activities in the copyright field. In this context IFRRO is also a link into co-operation with peak bodies such as WIPO and UNESCO on training and education of RRO personnel.
• IFRRO Project loans. IFRRO members may, on the basis of a business plan apply for loans to establish their licensing activities.
IFRRO membership also provides access to:
• Global network. IFRRO enables enables its members, RROS and also author and publisher associations to connect, network, to share information and collaborate. Through participation in its various regional committees, technical working groups and fora, IFRRO members are kept informed of and participate in key developments in the area.
• Partnerships. IFRRO cooperates with partners active in intellectual property and copyright such as intergovernmental bodies and international federations in the field of copyright. These activities often also involve the cooperation of local and national IFRRO Member organisations.
• Information Services. The IFRRO website and intranet provide useful information such as newsletters, manuals, model contracts, publications and studies containing information and resources.
• Local support. IFRRO can be a source of information, advice and support for members on national issues. On request it provides expertise to its members and their governments influences national legislation.