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Association ORIGINAL for the realization and protection of reproduction rights (abbreviation: Association Original) was founded in 2016 in Sarajevo.  Association Original operates on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In 2017 Original obtained the license for the collective management of rights to private and other internal use. The scope of license is collective management of rights of authors of written works issued in printed form and related rights of the publishers of printed editions. Within the mandatory collective management, Original collects remuneration for the fee for photocopying works for private and other internal use (operator fee) and fee for importing devices for photocopying (equipment levy).

Original is provisional member of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations- IFRRO from 2018.

Achieving the goals of the Association is done by international and generally recognized rules, standards and principles applied in practice of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations IFRRO and in accordance with the laws regulating the area of copyright and related rights, based on the decision of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina and provisions of special laws.

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What are reproduction (reprographic) rights?

 

What is the 'right to compensation for private and other internal use’? Article 36 of Copyright and Related Rights Law stipulates that in cases when a work may be reproduced without author’s consent, the author of the works which, due to their nature, may be expected to be reproduced by photocopying or recording them on sound, video or text recording media for private or other internal use shall have the right to remuneration for such use.

In this case, copyright management shall be carried out only collectively – mandatory collective management. The rights referred here shall be managed by a competent collective organization without a contract with the author/rightsholderIf a work may be reproduced without author’s consent, the author of the works which, due to their nature, may be expected to be reproduced by photocopying for private or other internal use shall have the right to remuneration for such use.

The remuneration for photocopying shall be payable:

  1. a) at the first sale or importation of new photocopying devices,
  2. b) on made photocopies intended for sale.

Equal to photocopying shall be considered all other reproduction techniques.

The amounts of individual remunerations for private and other internal reproduction, belonging collectively to all right holders under this Law, shall be fixed by the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bilateral Agreements

 

Original is authorized to sign bilateral agreements on representation. We want to enable mutual representation of the repertoire in the territories of member organizations of IFRRO.

The principle of national treatment  provides that foreign rightsholders must be treated at least as well as national rightsholders is the central premise of any inter-RRO agreement.

Signed bilateral agreements type B with:

COPYRO
COPYRIGHT POLSKA
Udruga za zaštitu prava nakladnika (ZANA)
Slovenska avtorska in založniška organizacija za pravice reproduciranja (SAZOR GIZ)
Hungarian Alliance of Reprographic Rights (HARR)


President's Greeting


What would our culture look like and would it even be possible if there were no authors? Imagine sixty-minute television series in which the actors just sat and looked at the camera as a script writer did not write anything.  Imagine bookshops selling only empty notebooks instead of textbooks imagine publishing houses whose editors, without authors, work on new tapestries. Of course, this is a simplified horror scenario that I use to emphasize something that is constantly forgotten- author's work is inalienable intellectual property of each writer and the use of literary product is a subject to compensation.

The right to compensation of reproductions of author's works was the main motive for the establishment of the organization "Original" whose objective is primarily to protect the right to private and public use, in accordance with BiH and international law. Our goal is not only to protect authors, but also to improve their position, to help them and promote their literary works.

The initiative for the establishment of the Original" came from a handful of us renowned writers and publishers who, from the first hand experiences, know the problems faced by the publishers and authors. I believe that this fact is very important guarantee to our members.

Goran Simić, President

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