A proposed European directive foresees a mandatory exception for education which would deprive creators from their legitimate remuneration
A balanced copyright framework is the key to innovative, diverse, high quality Content for Education
Why does it matter ?
With the overabundance of content available across the Internet, it is important that educators can rely on high quality, validated content.
The production of local content guarantees the cultural diversity and the autonomy of Member States' education systems.
A rich variety of content produced by the publishing sector reflecting different points of view is essential to democracy and freedom of expression.
How to ensure a balanced
Reproduction of published content should be limited to short extracts. Illustration for teaching is about enriching courses with extracts of various publications, not replacing the purchase of a book or other publication. In 80 % of Member States, reproduction of written works for education is limited to “extracts”
Exceptions should apply only when licensing agreements are not available, and shouldn’t replace them. A range of tailor made solutions, including licensing schemes negotiated with users, are already in place and have enabled digital uses in education for years.
Creators and publishers should get fair remuneration for secondary uses of their works to enable them to create new content and invest in new digital resources. There is no justification for cutting off this important source of revenue.
Do you know that?
School books are widely copied. 500 million copies of pages are made in Denmark each year
More than half million people work in the book publishing industry
Fees for copies are typically equivalent to the costs of a couple of cups of coffee per student per year : an average of 3€ in Spain, Belgium.
99,4% of European companies active in the book publishing sector are small and medium structures
80% of Member States provide for remuneration for copies or uses of works made for educational purposes
Educational publishing represents 20% of the global publishing sector in Europe
Who we are
IFRRO, the international network of collective management organisations and authors’ and publishers’ associations in the text and image spheres and its members European Visual Artists (EVA - representing the interests of authors' collective management societies for the visual arts), European Writers' Council (EWC - representing writers and literary translators), Federation of European Publishers (FEP - representing publishers of books, journals and educational content, in all formats) and European Federation of Journalists (EFJ - representing journalists).