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The Art of Copying: Revised Edition 2022 is published by IFFRO

The art of Copying book cover

A revised edition of The Art of Copying has recently been published by IFRRO (International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations).

The first edition of the publication was developed by the Visual Material Working Group of IFRRO in 2005, which DACS continues to be part of. The Art of Copying publication was updated this year to reflect the new uses of visual material and its incorporation into RRO licences.

The Art of Copying, provides practical advice on best practice when managing visual material. Among its contents are:

  • Types of visual material and how they are protected by copyright
  • Methods of incorporating visual material into publications
  • Advantages of including visual material in RRO licences, including reduced risk and added value
  • Securing mandates from visual creators
  • Consulting visual creators and involving them in RRO governance
  • Measurement of copying levels, allocation of revenue, and international payments.


IFRRO facilitates, on an international basis, the collective management of reproduction and other rights in text and image works through the co-operation of its member Reproduction Rights Organisations (RROs).

IFRRO has over 150 members, including DACS, drawn from more than 85 countries around the world. Its members represent many millions of authors, visual artists, and publishers of books, journals, newspapers, magazines and printed music.

The revised publication will assist both Reproduction Rights Organisations and organisations representing visual creators, to effectively manage the inclusion of visual content in RRO licences.

You can read The Art of Copying here.

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