Universal will donate more than 200,000 master recordings from the '20-40s, to be published on the Web. [13jan11]
"Once again, absolutely nothing enters the Public Domain this year". [04jan11]
A new landscape of possibilities for research and education in the humanities. [17dec10]
The 3rd COMMUNIA Workshop (Marking the public domain: relinquishment & certification) took place in Amsterdam on 20-21 October 2008. The workshop addressed the legal, economical and technical issues related to certifying public domain works and relinquishing intellectual property rights in Europe. A report of the workshop is available here, and slides as well as summaries of some sessions can be accessed from the download section of the website as well as directly below in the programme [17oct08]
The Commons, a pilot project launched last January based on the principle of "no known copyright restrictions", is gaining a very positive response. This partnership involving The Library of Congress and Flickr has two main goals: to increase access to publicly-held photography collections, and to provide a way for the general public to contribute information and knowledge.
Out of some 14 million prints, photographs and other visual materials at the Library of Congress, more than 3,000 photos are being made available on the new Flickr page, to include only images for which no copyright restrictions are known to exist.
Last week the leading European centres for intellectual property research have released a joint letter to EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, enclosing an impact assessment detailing the far reaching and negative effects of the proposal to extend the term of copyright in sound recordings.
The First COMMUNIA Conference 2008 is scheduled for Monday 30 June and Tuesday 1st July 2008 in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (30 km south of Brussels). It is co-organized by the Communia Thematic Network and the GICSI-EU initiative.
The main theme is the Assessment of economic and social impact of digital public domain throughout Europe.
The Conference aims at initiating a “stock taking exercise” of the impact of public domain initiatives in the fields of public sector information, libraries, archives, scientific research and creative works in Europe. The event is mainly aimed at promoting the public domain by building capacity for scientific assessment of social and economic impacts, and promoting analysis of legal impediments. The conference will draw upon the extensive information on open access practices that is available, although often in an informal manner, within major networks and stakeholders in Europe.
A report of the conference is available here, and slides as well as summaries of some sessions can be accessed from the download section of the website as well as directly below in the programme [27oct09]
The COMMUNIA workshop in Torino was a small big success. First, in terms of participation: more than 100 attendees from many EU countries, and even someone from overseas, filled up the Politecnico's Aula Magna for the entire day. But it was also a great occasion for sharing ideas and fire up the discussion, with high quality presentations, stimulating comments, and good humour as well.
Here is the download page for the various presentations, papers and slides, while below we put together a short report.
A big thank you to everybody for making this event a success!
Presentations, papers and other material related to COMMUNIA events are available in the download page