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Government of Zambia urges users of copyright-protected works to take up licences offered by ZARRSO

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 18:05

IFRRO and ZARRSO are pleased to announce that St Dominic Major Seminary University is the latest university to sign a collective licence with ZARRSO. The licence enables broad and legal access to copyright-protected works for all their staff and students.

Caroline Morgan becomes successor of Olav Stokkmo as CEO of IFRRO

Fri, 07/29/2016 - 13:15

IFRRO is pleased to announce that Caroline Morgan will become the new CEO and Secretary General of IFRRO from the 4th of November 2016, following the IFRRO World Congress in Amsterdam.

Caroline works as General Manager at Copyright Agency l Viscopy in Sydney, Australia. She has been part of the IFRRO family and its network for a number of years and currently chairs the Asia/Pacific Committee and the Legal Issues Forum of IFRRO.
Caroline will start with IFRRO on 1 October, and she will have a one month’s handover with current CEO Olav Stokkmo.

IFRRO Statement on CJEU ruling on HP – Reprobel Case - Court of Justice of the European Union decision not in keeping with well established functioning Collective Rights Management practice

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 09:17

IFRRO has issued the following statement on the CJEU ruling on the HP - Reprobel Case:

“On 12 November 2015, the Court of Justice of the EU ruled on a case between Hewlett Packard Belgium and the Belgian RRO Reprobel (C-572/13). The case pertains to the Belgian reprography scheme. The CJEU interprets the 2001 Copyright Directive answering a series of preliminary questions referred by the Court of Appeal of Brussels.

IFRRO launches Value of Copyright campaign to improve level of copyright debate

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 09:38 website unveiled as new online home for information on copyright-

Frankfurt, Germany, 7 October 2014 - The International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) has announced the launch of The Value of Copyright, a campaign designed to emphasise the importance of copyright and improve information about the protection of literary and artistic works , primarily in the text and image-based sectors.

IFRRO: Keep faith in the copyright levy mediation process

Mon, 10/15/2012 - 16:36

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.

On the Supreme Court of Canada Decision on Copying in Schools

Tue, 07/17/2012 - 16:11

IFRRO takes note of the ruling of the Supreme Court of Canada regarding copying of portions of copyright works in schools. We note, however, with surprise, that media reporting and blog commentaries have been misleading, often inaccurate and partly biased insinuation. Unlike what commentaries allege, some 90% of copying in schools still needs to be done under a licence. The appeal to the Supreme Court assessed only 7% of the volume of copying and the court did not make a final, definitive ruling on this limited amount of copying.

IFRRO Business Models Forum on Good Governance in Collective Management

Wed, 05/02/2012 - 09:38

On 26 April, IFRRO celebrated its spring edition of the Business Models Forum in Copenhagen, chaired by Tracey Armstrong of CCC.  The topic of the session was Good Governance as a Competitive Advantage in Collective Management, and for RROs in particular. Director David Uwemedimo of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) discussed, among other things, the possibility of criteria for good governance to be established by an independent body to which RROs and other Collective Management Organisations (CMOs) could sign up to on a voluntary basis.

IFRRO CEO, Olav Stokkmo, takes over ISNI-IA Chair

Tue, 04/17/2012 - 16:43

Following the resignation of FX Nuttall, the ISNI International Agency elected IFRRO, CEO, Olav Stokkmo as ISNI-IA chair.

Stokkmo was previously ISNI treasurer and IFRRO is one of the founding members of ISNI and has been prominent in the ISNI project since its inception. “I would like to thank FX for getting us off to a great start,” said Stokkmo. “ISNI must now consolidate its position and our first priority will be to appoint Registration Agencies (RAGs) to issue new ISNIs to build on the million, with which the ISNI database was launched.”

ISO publishes international identifier code that uniquely identifies public parties.

Fri, 03/30/2012 - 13:55

ISNI standard will help all organisations working with information about public figures

New International Identifier Connects the Right Person with the Right Credentials - Global standards group asks “What’s in a name?”

Mon, 12/05/2011 - 12:18

5 December 2011, LONDON

Ljubljana hosts World Copyright Congress and international Seminar on Copyright, Schools and Higher Education

Thu, 10/13/2011 - 13:53

Over 220 people from more than 50 countries are converging on Ljubljana the week starting 24 October to share their experience of managing reproduction rights with world-class speakers at the IFRRO World Congress 2011 hosted by the Slovenian Organisation of Authors and Publishers for Reproduction Rights (SAZOR). During the week the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) will hold its Annual General Meeting and various other meetings including its Business Models Forum/International Seminar, which is open to the general public.

Rightholders’ Organisations and Libraries sign groundbreaking MoU on Out of Commerce Works

Tue, 09/20/2011 - 13:34

The representatives of authors, publishers and collective management organisations for text and image based works are proud to be signatories of the Out of Commerce Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), enabled through a dialogue with libraries facilitated by the European Commission. The MoU recognises that the right to authorise the use of an Out of Commerce work is vested in the copyright holder (authors and publishers) and that voluntary solutions with the appropriate support of collective management can be the way forward.

IFRRO submits comments on proposed Orphan Works Directive

Thu, 09/01/2011 - 10:45

IFRRO (The International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations) shares the overall aim of the proposed EU Directive on certain uses of Orphan Works to provide legal certainty for the access to orphan works contained in publicly accessible libraries and other establishments specified in the proposal. IFRRO and its members facilitate ease of access to text and image based works that are protected by copyright, while ensuring that the creators are properly remunerated for the use of their works. Solutions are also offered for libraries.

IFRRO stresses need for dialogue and effective copyright enforcement, in submissions to EU

Mon, 03/07/2011 - 08:37

IFRRO has recently submitted comments and position papers on the EU initiatives on the Single Market Act and on the Enforcement consultation. In both cases the need for stakeholder dialogues is recommended as a basis for reaching timely and appropriate solutions.

World-Renowned Creators, Political Leaders and Key Industry Players to Convene at World Copyright Summit in Brussels, June 7-8, 2011

Tue, 03/01/2011 - 14:51

Bee Gees’ Robin Gibb, Croatian President and music composer Ivo Josipović, French visual artist Hervé Di Rosa, European Commissioners Michel Barnier and Neelie Kroes, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry, EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon and Hachette Livre CEO Arnaud Nourry to address creative industries and copyright issues in the digital age.

See full press release.

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IFRRO regrets WBU suspension of participation in WIPO and EU Stakeholder discussions

Mon, 02/28/2011 - 15:20

IFRRO regrets the decision by the World Blind Union, announced on 26 February, to suspend its participation in the WIPO and EU Stakeholder discussions, which have shown every prospect of delivering timely solutions for the reading impaired community. IFRRO CEO, Olav Stokkmo, points out that IFRRO supports the right of reading impaired persons to have appropriate access to text and image copyright material and is committed to developing appropriate solutions.

ISTC International Agency appoints 4 new Registration Agencies

Fri, 02/18/2011 - 09:38

The International ISTC Agency, the official Registration Authority for the International Standard Text Code (ISTC), has appointed and signed contracts with four new official registration agencies (ISTC-RAs) in two continents. All will start operating in the first four months of 2011.

ISNI International Agency Established in London

Thu, 01/27/2011 - 10:18

How to easily identify all digital content contributors?

The answer is ISNI

Officially incorporated as a London-based not-for-profit organisation in December 2010, the ISNI International Agency is helping media companies prepare for the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI), a new standard which will streamline the way creative rights holders are referenced on the Internet.

IFRRO European Group Statement on the CJEU ruling in the Padawan case

Wed, 11/10/2010 - 14:27

The IFRRO European Group meeting has adopted a statement on the decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the so-called Padawan case.

IFRRO recommends guidelines to facilitate solutions for the licensing of out-of-print works

Wed, 10/20/2010 - 14:49
In a written submission, on the invitation of the Reflection Group of the European Commission on Boosting cultural Heritage online in Europe set up by Commissioners Neelie Kroes and Androulla Vassiliou, the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) recommends some basic guidelines aimed at facilitating the licensing Out of Print Works (OPW). There are lots of reasons why a work may not be in stock or available in tangible copies.