IFRRO World Congress 2017: Roundtable on educational licensing

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Participants in the Roundtable © Pierre-Olivier Lesburguères

On 7 November 2017 around twenty delegates attending the IFRRO World Congress in Tokyo took part in a roundtable on educational licensing to share ideas and best practices. The roundtable, which was organised for the first time and moderated by IFRRO’s Pierre-Olivier Lesburguères, allowed delegates from all continents and legal traditions to meet together to discuss the challenges in negotiating licensing agreements with schools, universities and other educational institutions. More importantly, they shared examples of their success and explained how they managed to overcome the challenges.

The issues discussed included the collection of mandates and rights assignments, the need to undertake surveys on the use of works in institutions, and the identification of the strategic stakeholders and partners before starting negotiations.

Delegates from RROs in Argentina, Australia, Burkina Faso, Colombia, Belgium, France, Ghana, Indonesia, Jamaica, Republic of Korea, Malawi, Nigeria, Singapore, Vietnam and Zambia took part in the Roundtable, and all agreed that it had been very useful enabling them to share common experiences and learn from others.