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3rd COMMUNIA Workshop in Amsterdam

3rd COMMUNIA Workshop, Amsterdam 20-21 October 2008 - photo: public domain  title=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 COMMUNIA workshop will cover 1.5 days: Monday the 20th of october and the first half of Tuesday the 21st. Creative Commons Netherlands is also offering to host a CC-europe meeting in the afternoon of Sunday, the 19th of october.

The COMMUNIA workshop will consist of 3 parts. A plenary session on Monday morning, working groups on monday afternoon and another plenary session on tuesday morning. The Monday afternoon session will be followed by a small reception immediately after the end of the workshop at the workshop location and we will arrange for a group dinner after the reception (to be paid for by the participants).

The workshop takes place in Pakhuis de Zwijger in central Amsterdam. Participation in the workshop is open to the public and free of charge. Because of limited capacity of the workshop venue participants need to pre-register.

For a map of the location please follow this link. To get there take tram number 26 from Central Station in the direction of IJburg; Packhuis de Zwijger is at the second stop "Kattenburgerstraat". From the Lloyd Hotel it is walking distance (weather permitting) or 1 stop by tram (line 26 in the direction of Centraal Station).

(1) Monday morning session (0945-1300)

The public domain, perspectives and tools. This session will consist of two keynote speeches by scholars on the public domain, to be followed by an introduction of two PD tools that are currently developed by Creative Commons

1000-1015 Introduction & welcome: Peter Troxler (Waag Society) & Lucie Guibault (IViR Amsterdam) & Paul Keller (Knowledgeland)
1015-1130 A Conversation on the Public Domain: Bernt Hugenholtz (IViR Amsterdam) & James Boyle (Center for the Study of the Public Domain) + public discussion
1130-1200 coffee break
1200-1300 Legal Tools and Infrastructure for Marking the Public Domain (Mike Linksvayer (VP Creative Commons) & Diane Peters (General Counsel Creative Commons))
1300-1400 Lunch break (lunch is being provided at the conference venue)

(2) Monday afternoon (1400-1730)

On Monday afternoon there will be two sessions that are intended to provide room for more in depth discussion of the two main issues adressed by the workshop: relinquishing authors rights and certifying public domain works.

(2.1) CC0: relinquishing rights in Europe (1400-1530)

This session will examine the possibilities of relinquishing rights in European jurisdictions. The focus of the session will be on the questions raised by the current drafts of the CC0 waiver that is currently being developed by Creative Commons International. Special attention will be paid to the question of non-waivable moral rights of authors. The aim is to come up with strategies that ensure the viability of CC0 (and other such instruments) in European Jurisdictions based on results of a questionnaire which was submitted to CCi Jurisdiction.

This session will be chaired by Lucie Guibault (IViR) and Diane Peters (Creative Commons) slides with contributions by Mireille van Eechoud (IVIR) and Jennifer Jenkins (Center for the Study of the Public Domain).

A summary of the session is available here.

1530-1600 Coffee break

(2.2) Certifying public domain works (1600-1730)

This session will discuss the need for tools that can be used to determine and certify the public domain status of works that are (believed to be) in the public domain. Creative Commons and others are currently developing tools to certify the public domain status of a work or to determine the status of works with unknown status. This session will also touch on the role of copyright registries and the business models based on PD works.

This session will be moderated by Paul Keller (Knowledgeland) with contributions from:
Mike Linksvayer (Creative Commons), Certifying public domain works slides
Patrick Peiffer (Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg)
Jonathan Gray (Open Knowledge Foundation), Public Domain Calculator slides
Mario Pena (Safe Creative), Registring Public Domain works slides
Mike Linksvayer and Mario Pena, Open Standards for Copyright Registry Interoperability (OSCRI) slides.

A summary of the session is available here.

Evening Programme Monday 20-10-08

The workshop will be followed by a reception on location (until approx. 1900); and after a short break we have reserved a table at a restaurant nearby at 2000.

(3) Tuesday Morning Session (0930-1100)

The Tuesday morning session consists of presentations of organizations and projects that have build their business models (or organizatorial practices) around Public Domain material:

Antoine Aubert (European Copyright Policy Counsel, Google) on access to Public Sector information and the Google Books project
Peter Gorgels (Web Director Rijksmuseum Amsterdam) on digital initiatives of the Rijksmuseum
Harry Verwayen (Knowledgeland/Europeana) on the business model behind the European Digital Library (Europeana)

1100-1120 Coffee break

(4.1) Communia Announcements (1120-1130)

General announcements concerning the Communia Network by the Network Coordinator (Juan Carlos de Martin, Communia) slides

(4.2) Communia working groups (1145-1315)

The last part of the workshop has been reserved for meetings of the Communia working groups. These meetings will be organized by the working groups coordinators. Agendas/Topics of these meetings will be announce individually on the communia mailing list.

1330: End of workshop

Participants of the workshop are welcome to attend two other events taking place in northern Europe in the same week: the Nordic Cultural Commons Conference, 22-23 October 2008 in Stockholm, Sweden, and the Free Society Conference and Nordic Summit, 24-26 October in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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