Welcome to the International Publishers Right Organization
The International Publishers' Rights Organisation was established in 1995 by the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers STM to represent international publishers in the collection and distribution of copyright fees from educational institutions, libraries and other users. This concerns mainly fees for copying and re-use from books and magazines for (digital) coursepack readers and document delivery. Dutch legislation allows by means of a copyright exception for the copying of short sections and short works for educational purposes, like course pack readers, provided a proper financial compensation is made.
Current Activities & Projects
Background to Dutch reader fees
Dutch copyright compensations for educational use are collected on behalf of the rightsholders of the repertoire used. The collected copyright compensations are distributed among the rightsholders and their representatives of the repertoire used for educational purposes.
In terms of a settlement agreement concluded in October 2008, Stichting Secretariaat van de Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (Stichting STM) and Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V. have settled their claims against Subito Dokumente aus Bibliotheken e.V. and its member libraries, arising from unauthorised electronic reproductions and deliveries made in the course of their electronic document delivery services from Germany of scientific, technical and medical journals and articles during the period 1 January 2003 to 31 December 2007