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NonCommercial study questionnaire extended to December 14

Creative Commons is conducting a study on the meaning of “NonCommercial” and you can weigh in by answering a detailed questionnaire on the subject. They have extended the deadline for participation to December 14 (originally December 7) [10dec08]

"The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind"

Yale University Press has just published a new book: The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind by James Boyle, Faculty Co-Director of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain. This is a great introduction for the public at large about the idea of the public domain, also detailing how it is being tragically eroded by our current copyright, patent, and trademark laws.

Our music, our culture, our science, and our economic welfare all depend on a delicate balance between those ideas that are controlled and those that are free, between intellectual property and the public domain. In a series of fascinating case studies, Boyle explains why gene sequences, basic business ideas and pairs of musical notes are now owned, why jazz might be illegal if it were invented today, why most of 20th century culture is legally unavailable to us, and why today’s policies would probably have smothered the World Wide Web at its inception. [5dec08]

Report on 3rd Communia workshop (Amsterdam, 20-21 October 2008)

The workshop - co-organized by the Institute for Information Law (IViR) at the University of Amsterdam, Knowledgeland and Waag Society, under the perfect supervision of Lucie Guibault, Paul Keller and Peter Troxler - gathered about 70 participants from throughout Europe.

The event started with a fascinating discussion between two worldwide leading thinkers of the public domain: Professor James Boyle (Faculty Co-director of the Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School, USA) and Professor Bernt Hugenholtz (Director of the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam). Their conversation focused on the history of copyright and "droit d’auteur", defining differences and common points between the philosophies framing both concepts, toward more than one definition of the public domain.[24oct08]

Open Access Day

Open Access DayThe first international Open Access Day will be held on 14 October 2008. The founding partners are SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), Students for FreeCulture, and the Public Library of Science.

The aim of the celebration is to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access, including recent mandates and emerging policies, within the international higher education community and the general public. Open Access Day will invite researchers, educators, librarians, students, and the public to participate in live, worldwide broadcasts of events.

There is a webpage dedicated to that event with all the information.

If you plan to organize any event at your institution you can use that site to spread information about it.

'The Limits of Intellectual Property' @ 2008 Ars Electronica Festival

Ars Electronica FestivalUnder the banner of “A New Cultural Economy – The Limits of Intellectual Property” the 2008 festival aims to co-author the preamble to a new open knowledge-based society. [09/06/08]

EC's 'forward looking package' ignoring pivotal copyright law studies

Prof. Bernt Hugenholtz, Director of the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam (IViR), wrote an open letter about the European Commission’s “Intellectual Property Package”. Addressing two major studies on the impact of EU copyright law and policies produced in 2006 and 2007 by the IViR, Prof. Hugenholtz states his "complete surprise" in discovering that such studies "have been almost entirely ignored in the so-called 'forward looking package' on IP", recently released by the EC. [08/28/08]

COMMUNIA conference 2008 Report

Photo by JC De Martin, under Creative Commons license Held at the University of Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium, under the perfect organization of a local team coordinated by Tom Dedeurwaerdere (Louvain University) and María José Iglesias (Namur University), the First COMMUNIA Conference attracted almost 100 attendees from all over Europe and even someone from the United States and Brazil. Here is a detailed report of the two-day event. [08/01/2008]

iSummit 08, Sapporo, Japan (29/7-01/8)

icommons08The 2008 iSummit brings together activists, change agents and new world social entrepreneurs to chart and reflect on a positive path for a more fair, more just, more creative world in the Information Age. The event will cover such topics as Open Education Policy and Practice, Open Business, Global Commons and Open Publishing, and the First Interdisciplinary Research Workshop on Free Culture.

The list of keynote speakers include COMMUNIA active members Rishab Ghosh and Paul Keller, along with other renowned experts and activists.

IP: the Commission’s “Forward Looking Package” is not the solution

BEUC, the European Consumers’ Organisation, addressed the recent EU proposal to extend copyright protection from 50 to 95 years not only for music performers but also to record producers: "long terms of protection are counter-productive and a burden to innovation".

Policy and Technology for e-Science

Science Commons, SPARC, the Center for the Study of the Public Domain, and the Institut d'Estudis Catalans are organizing a satellite event on the policies and technologies necessary to make good on the promise of scientific research in the networked era.

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