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What is IFRRO

The International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) is an independent non-profit membership association. We facilitate, on an international basis, the collective management of reproduction and other rights in text and image works through the co-operation of our member Reproduction Rights Organisations (RROs).

IFRROs mission is “to develop and support an efficient and effective network of collective management organisations, including RROs to ensure the copyrights of authors, visual artists and publishers are valued when their works are copied and used”.  

IFRROs values are “Trust, Commitment, Tolerance, Respect”. 

RROs act on behalf of authors and publishers whenever the individual exercise of their rights is impracticable by giving access to copyright-protected works and enabling the reproduction and certain digital uses of these works.

IFRRO facilitates co-operation among RROs as well as with and among creators, publishers and their associations. Through this work IFRRO stimulates creativity, diversity and investment in cultural goods as a useful tool for rightholders, consumers, the economy and society as a whole.

IFRRO works to develop and increase public awareness of the need for effective RROs and to support joint efforts of publishers, authors and other rightsholders to develop rights management systems world-wide. 

To accomplish its mission, IFRRO develops studies and engages in information exchanges, fosters relationships between and amongst its members. We develop tools to encourage the efficient and effective transfer of rights and fees between rightsholders and users, consistent with the principle of national treatment.

Key Objectives
IFRRO has two key objectives in its Strategic Plan 2019 – 2021. 

•    Advocate for copyright, collective management and the creative sector – by advocating for copyright owners, promoting licensing solutions and influencing the national and international regulatory framework. 

•    Build a strong and resilient RRO network – Assist our members develop needed skills and capability. 

The two key objectives are underpinned by a series of strategic priorities, that guide IFRRO's activities, in the areas. 

Advocacy

•    Ensure targeted and effective communications 
•    Support members in national and regional law reform and lobbying activities
•    Grow partnerships with key stakeholder organisations 

Capacity Building 

•    Build collective management capacity amongst IFRRO members and in emerging economies
•    Work with member associations to ensure that all rightholders fully participate in collective management and RROs
•    Develop tools to assist members with business, data and technology issues 

The Strategic Plan is underpinned by the Communications Plan and the Development Plan.  Each year, key projects and workstreams are agreed which reflect these strategic priorities. 

Respect Copyright - Encourage Creativity

Copyright industries represent some 4-6 % of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in developed countries. Frequently, they are the fastest growing sector of the economy and the most important contributor to the creation of new jobs and they should be adequately protected.

The importance of copyright is even more apparent in the digital environment. As the Internet and other networks have developed as the major channel for purchase of goods and services, there has been a tremendous increase in the use of copyrighted works such as text, music and illustration both in analogue and electronic forms. 

Copyright protection enhances electronic commerce and investment. For society, access to artistic, scientific and literary works is important. For rightsholders, books and newspapers, sheet music, journals and other intellectual properties generate important income. For users of copyrighted materials, smooth and easy rights clearance is a key incentive for obtaining permissions and paying royalties.

Unfortunately, unauthorised use of text and image copyrighted works is widespread. 
The services provided by RROs benefit both rightsholders and users, and in the long run, society as a whole. Users are granted reasonable access to copyrighted material and copyright holders are compensated for use of their works. Each year, RROs collect and distribute EUR 1 billion to rightsholders world-wide.