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IFRRO: Keep faith in the copyright levy mediation process

The International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) regrets the attempt by Digital Europe to prejudice and pre-empt the recommendations of Mr Antonio Vitorino, the mediator in the EU facilitated mediation process on private copying and reprographic levies. “The timing of the Digital Europe initiative, so close to the culmination of the mediator’s reflection phase, and the appeal outside the mediation process at this late stage of negotiations are unwarranted”, said IFRRO CEO, Olav Stokkmo. “It calls into question the reliability of Digital Europe as a partner and the extent to which it is dedicated to the mediation process.”

At this point, IFRRO makes no judgement on the content of the Digital Europe paper, except to point out that it ignores the fact that the levy system secures not only the remuneration for private copying but also for reprography, which includes both private copying and copying for professional and educational uses. In this context the proposals made by Digital Europe are beside the point.

IFRRO notes the press statement from GESAC, SAA and other organisations representing collectives which administer private copy remuneration.

Notes for Editors

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 - from academic works, through newspaper articles, novels and sheet music, to photos and illustrations, in particular for large scale copying of works including digital uses. We are at the heart of rights management across the world, enabling authors and publishers to work jointly to satisfy their clients (libraries, universities, colleges, schools, public administration, etc.). We foster partnerships and dialogues between stakeholders to ensure a flexible service, responding to the varied user needs within the framework of copyright law.


IFRRO is currently made up of 137 members in 75 countries, including members of the majority of EU Member States.

Further information
James Boyd, IFRRO Communications and Product Development
Tel: +32 2 234 6269