IFRRO statements at the WIPO SCCR 38th session

IFRRO participated in the 38th session of WIPO’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) in April. At this session, delegates continued discussions on the protection of broadcasting organisations and exceptions and limitations for libraries and archives, educational and research institutions and for persons with other disabilities.

Rainer Just, IFRRO’s President © WIPO

During the SCCR and as the discussion on exceptions and limitations was starting, Rainer Just, IFRRO’s President, made the following statement:

“Thank you, Mr Chair, for allowing IFRRO to take the floor. The International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations, IFRRO, is the network for the Collective Management Organisations and author and publisher organisations in the text and image sector, with 150 member organisations in more than 80 countries worldwide. Collective Management Organisations in the text and image sector exist on all continents, in small as well as big countries, in developed countries as well as those that are developing and in all legal systems. They represent authors, visual artists, publishers, and they negotiate licences for the use and re-use of copyright protected works with educational institutions, research institutions, libraries, businesses and governments.

Appropriate exceptions and limitations can be introduced in national legislation under current international legal instruments, and, as documented in a number of WIPO studies including both Kenneth Crews’ typology on libraries and Daniel Seng’s typology on education, all WIPO Member States have introduced exceptions for uses in educational and research institutions, libraries and archives. This means that legislators can use the current copyright system to meet their needs, and the addition of new exceptions for digital uses, text and data mining in certain countries shows how flexible the current system is.

IFRRO’s members work every day on the ground to develop solutions that will meet users’ demands and remunerate copyright owners. We would be happy to share the many examples across the world of rightholders working with educational institutions to develop licences, may it be in Zambia with universities, in Tunisia with the National Library or in the Caribbean on a crossborder licensing solution. We look forward to sharing experience at the upcoming WIPO regional seminars.

IFRRO favours an outcome from the SCCR discussions on exceptions and limitations, which includes the exchange of information and practices, the offering of a demand driven WIPO-led technical assistance program to which we will offer to contribute, and government cooperation. Thank you Mr Chair.”

Also during the SCCR, after Professor Yaniv Benhamou had presented his revised report on Copyright Practices and Challenges of Museums, IFRRO’s President took the floor to thank him for his work and to raise the issue of copyright exceptions for catalogues and their impact on licensing agreements. He asked Professor Benhamou to what extent he had considered how the exceptions for catalogues sit alongside licensing markets for visual artists such as publishers’ markets.