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Second COMMUNIA workshop: Vilnius, Lithuania, 31/03/08

Vilnius, LithuaniaEthical Public Domain: Debate of Questionable Practices - this is the title for the Second COMMUNIA workshop to be held in Vilnius, Lithuania on Monday 31 March 2008 from 8:30 to 18.

The morning session will be held at ELTA press center, with registration and introductions from 8:30 to 10:00, followed by ten rounds of debates from 10:00 to 15:00 (about half-an-hour each). At 15:00 there will be a press conference to share the results with the media and the public.

The afternoon session will take place at the Neringa Restaurant, Gedimino 23. A discussion of ethical and legal frameworks for a vibrant Public Domain will be followed by dinner and an evening of creative works.

The workshop is open to the public and is designed to encourage audience participation. Remote participants will also be included by video bridge. For more information, please visit the Workshop Ning page and/or contact Andrius Kulikauskas.

The workshop was organized as a dialogue between proponents of position statements which were submitted in advance, opponents, mediators and audience members Each session presented below started with the position statement of the proponent, followed by the reaction of an opponent and a debate with the audience coordinated by a mediator. The proceedings of the workshop gathering positions statements and a transcript of the debates are available from the download page.


10:00 Public Domain Vs. Licenses by Andrius Kulikauskas, opposed by Prodromos Tsiavos and mediated by Tomislav Medak.

10:30 Yes, It Is Public Domain. No, You Cannot Touch It. by Didzis Veinbergs, opposed by Thomas Chepaitis and mediated by Adela Danciu.

11:00 Orphan Works going Private? Lack of Freedom of Information? Dispute... by Andras Galambosi, opposed by Edmundas Kulikauskas and mediated by Ignasi Labastida.

11:30 Extending the term of protection for related rights endangers a valuable public domain by Stef van Gompel, opposed by Juan Carlos de Martin and mediated by Andrew Cranfield.

12:30 Accessibility of Knowledge by Sasha Mrkailo (by video bridge), opposed by Simon Murira and mediated by Theresa Bakalarz.

13:00 Education and scientific research in developing countries by Maria Agnese Giraudo, opposed by the statement Okay to Copy Offline by Ricardo Sanchez, and mediated by Michelle Thorne. Thank you to James Wangui for reading Ricardo's statement.

13:30 Equality and Justice by Eric Wanjamah, opposed by Pamela McLean and mediated by Kennedy Owino.

14:00 Youths Representing Youths by Fred Kayiwa, opposed by Danute Verveckiene and mediated by Ieva Anusauskaite. Thank you to Job Ngugi for reading Fred's statement.

14:30 Purchase and Plagiarism of Student Works by Jolita MalinauskaitÄ—, opposed by Ignasi Labastida and mediated by Vygantas Vejas.

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