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Originality and Ethics in Publishing

A few days ago, IRRO organised a roundtable at Blue Hall, German Embassy, New Delhi. At the event, various matters of copyright were discussed. In active attendance were speakers representing the government of India, members of the legal fraternity, publishers, authors and university students, addressing an audience representing both creators and consumers of literary works. […]

The European Union’s New Copyright Rules

For the first time ever in two decades, the European Parliament made changes to its copyright law. Most of the changes in the European Union’s (EU) Copyright Directive are uncontroversial, simply setting out how copyright contracts are managed and licensed. The bit that’s considered extremely controversial and problematic is ‘Article 13’, which could have a […]

Why Educational Institutions Should Have a License

As the country’s premier copyright society, we do our bit to ensure that people who should have a reprographic license, such as academic institutions and photocopiers,are well informed and aware of the same. While a few universities have in fact started taking IRRO and the reprographic license seriously, a majority of similar institutions stand unprotected […]

Association of Publishers in India launches guide to Publishing Ethics

April 24, 2019; New Delhi: To encourage ethical publishing and research behaviour, Association of Publishers in India in collaboration with other stakeholder organizations including The Federation of Indian Publishers, Indian Reprographic Rights Organisation, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry and German Book Office has launched guide to ‘Publishing Ethics’ on the occasion of […]

Roundtable on the occasion of World Book and Copyright Day

IRRO in collaboration with German Book Office and German Embassy, New Delhi is organizing a roundtable at Blue Hall, German Embassy on 23rd April from 5-7 PM. At the event, speakers representing the government of India, the legal fraternity, publishers, authors, and university students will address an audience representing consumers, institutions and publishers involved in […]

Licensing and Publishers: Two Sides of a Coin

The most valuable assets of a publishing company are the intellectual property rights it owns, the most important of which are copyrights. It is thus essential to have a clear understanding of how copyright works for publishers, authors and users. The finer points of copyright law vary from country to country, but some general definitions […]

Reprographics and Its Importance

The term reprography was coined and introduced as “office printing” at the First International Congress on Reprography (1963) in Cologne, Germany. As of today, it broadly includes multiple content reproduction methods, such as scanning, photography, xerography and digital printing of documents and images in both physical (hard copy) and digital (soft copy) formats. On one […]

Reprographic License Made Easy

Copyrights protect the expression of ideas, and prevent the unfair use of an author or publisher’s original work, including literary works (books, newspapers, magazines, journals), artistic works (photographs, paintings, sculptures, diagrams), musical works, sound recordings, films and broadcasts. Copyright is one of several existing rights of intellectual property (IP), including trademarks, patents and designs, among […]

#ThisToo: Why Infringement Is Just Like Any Other Crime

Most of us love to download movies. Why pay a hefty amount to sit in a theatre and watch something you can easily watch in the privacy of your home, for free! Having said that, do you realise that you might be committing a serious crime that might even throw you in jail? The misconception […]

Lessons To Learn From Famous Copyright Infringement Cases

The first thing to know about copyrights is that they are laws protecting the ‘original creation’ of someone. This original creation can include books, songs, paintings, films, and the like. The infringement of copyright, however, isn’t always a black and white issue. While on most occasions, the violation is blatant and the intent of the […]

How do authors benefit from IRRO license?

“A world that values knowledge and culture must value its creators” Imagine this – you have worked very hard on your book. Years of dedication went into creating this written jewel that reflects your originality. Your masterpiece gains attention and institutions, universities and people on the Internet want to use it- by means of photocopies, […]

What is Copyright Infringement?

For the uninitiated, copyright is a form of intellectual property protection granted by law to creators (writer, composer, artist, producer, publisher) of original works of authorship, such as literary works, dramatic, musical and artistic works, cinematograph films and sound recordings. Typically, it lasts for 60 years from the end of the calendar year in which […]

What is IRRO and how does it work?

In the area of publishing, reprography is the most common form of reproduction. For this reason, remuneration for reprography from Reproduction Rights Organisations (RROs) constitutes an important revenue stream for authors and publishers in many countries. Many acts of copying are either difficult to control or difficult to administer. Authors and publishers therefore often mandate […]

Who Needs an IRRO License and Why Is It Important?

India has always been a strong believer of doing what’s right. Naturally, we have laid great emphasis on upholding the copyright of creative works of authors, copyrights holders and publishers. Even the Indian Copyright Law of 1957 has been widely emulated by other countries.   Indian Reprographic Rights Organisation (IRRO) is a non-profit copyright society […]

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Press Release

Joint Statement Issued by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Taylor & Francis, Association of Publishers in India, Federation of India Publishers and the Indian Reprographic Rights Organization (IRRO) “We have carefully considered the Hon’ble Delhi High Court’s judgment dated 16 September, and have decided to file an appeal against this judgment. This decision has [...]


Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it, usually for a limited time. Generally, it is “the right to copy”, but also gives the copyright holder the right to be credited for the work, to determine who may adapt the work to other forms, who may [...]

The Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012

The Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012 – Gazette Notification has been published by the Copyright Office, Government of India on 8th June, 2012. You may get your copy of the notification from: The Copyright (Amendment) Act, 2012 – Gazette Notification dated 8th June, 2012

Legal solution to photocopy row

Manash Pratim Gohain, TNN Apr 1, 2013, 12.55AM IST http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-04-01/india/38188368_1_du-student-indian-publishers-indian-copyright-act NEW DELHI: The copyright battle has reached the next stage, with Indian Reprographic Rights Organisation (IRRO) claiming that there is a legal way to photocopy course material which will protect students’ interest without violating Indian Copyright Act. A DU student doing masters in sociology has to [...]

What I can do with this content?

WHAT I CAN DO WITH THIS CONTENT? Online publishers and rights owners Have you ever been concerned about how your online content is used? Online content users Have you ever been unsure about what you are permitted to use without infringing copyright? Introducing a new, industry-standard copyright icon that displays terms of use on websites [...]

Get a licence, evade the photocopy ban

Mallica Joshi, Hindustan Times New Delhi, August 24, 2012 The Delhi high court’s order to stop selling photocopies of books may have angered students, teachers and ‘copyleft’ activists and spawned campaigns to save photocopiers, but the authors and publishers’ body has welcomed the decision. The Indian Reprographics Registration Organisation (IRRO), which represents authors and publishers [...]

Copyright test for students

Copyright test for students - Photocopying of books stops in Delhi University after raid [Source: The Telegraph, August 28, 2012,  http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120828/jsp/odisha/story_15905658.jsp ] BASANT KUMAR MOHANTY New Delhi, Aug. 27: Exams are round the corner but Delhi University students are being given a crash course in an out-of-syllabus subject: copyright rules that have come in the way [...]

IRRO Press Release, March 18, 2013

IRRO Licence to Legalize Photocopying of Copyrighted Material (Monday, Mar 18, 2013) The Indian Reprographic Rights Organisation (IRRO) has taken note of a news item about the photocopying/reproduction of copyrighted material published in various newspapers issued on behalf of a group of academics and authors having written an open letter to three publishers asking them to [...]

IFRRO supports IRRO in its efforts to provide affordable legal access to copyright educational content (Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013)

Copyright assures the supply of quality educational material worldwide The world needs well educated graduates and, for that, university students need to be able to access good quality educational material quickly, easily, legally and in a way that does not inhibit the supply. All over the globe Reproduction Rights Organisations (RROs), such as IRRO in [...]

Publishers triumph in court ruling on ‘copy shops’

Raghavendra Verma02 May 2013 Issue No:270 http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20130501170105154 An Indian court has thrown out an attempt by a student organisation to allow private campus-based photocopying shops to create bound, near-complete copies of course books, in a case that may have set a national precedent. On 25 April, the Delhi High Court rejected an appeal by the Association [...]

Publishers vs Photocopying: Will Indian institutes pay licensing fee?

http://www.firstpost.com/delhi/publishers-vs-photocopying-will-indian-institutes-pay-licensing-fee-729797.html Top global publishing houses launched a massive offensive against a lone photocopy store in Delhi University and against the Delhi University, telling the High Court on Thursday that the practice of ‘institutionally-supported mass photocopying’ is the ‘death knell’ for educational publishing. Last year, three international publishing houses – Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press [...]

Eleventh Annual General Meeting of IRRO

An Annual General meeting of IRRO was held on Friday, 26 February, 2016, at 5:30 p.m., at the India International Centre, Private Dining Hall, New Delhi. Owing to the lack of quorum, the meeting was postponed by half-an-hour and was reconvened at 6:00 p.m. A list of the members present is hereby attached as annexure. [...]

Ninth Annual General Meeting of IRRO

The 9th Annual General Meeting of IRRO will be held on Saturday, 1 February 2014 at 5.00 PM at India International Centre, Private Dining Hall, New Delhi. More details of the agenda is enclosed below. Download the Circular: [IRRO_Meeting_Saturday_1_Feb_2014]