Article 17 – five years later
International Communia Association
by Paul Keller
2w ago
This article was first published on Kluwer Copyright Blog on June 7, 2024. Today marks the fifth anniversary of the entry into force of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. It is hard to remember how divisive and controversial the Directive was during its creation. The Directive’s most controversial provision – Article 17 – which brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets and millions of voices online to warn of the potential of upload filters to kill the Internet, seems to have faded almost completely from public view. Instead, attention has shifted to the TD ..read more
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The Post-DSM Copyright Report: The Meme Supplement
International Communia Association
by Teresa Nobre
2w ago
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the adoption of the DSM Directive. To celebrate the occasion, we are releasing a supplement to our series of blog posts on trends in national copyright policy following the DSM implementation. The Post-DSM Copyright Report series analyses the national transpositions of all Member States that have finalised their national implementation (i.e. all but one Member State) to understand the influence of our proposals, identify areas of convergence and divergence, and assess the impact on users and the Public Domain. In previous blog posts, we discussed the nation ..read more
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The Barcelona Declaration on Open Research Information wants to make research data infrastructure more transparent
International Communia Association
by Sam Donvil
3w ago
On April 16th 2024, 40 organisations signed the Barcelona Declaration on Open Research Information with the aim of preserving academic independence. The declaration calls on research institutions to unite around shared principles for open research information and a commitment to developing open research data infrastructure. Most of the conversation about Open Science in academic publishing is about Open Access to the output of scientific research, namely academic publications. Our call for a Digital Knowledge Act for Europe for instance, proposes a secondary publication right, obligation and e ..read more
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New policy paper on e-lending
International Communia Association
by COMMUNIA Association
1M ago
Today, COMMUNIA is releasing Policy Paper #19 on e-lending (also available as a PDF file), in which we address the shortcomings of the current European legal framework, and present our recommendations for an EU-wide right to e-lend. Libraries play a long-standing part in connecting European citizens to, and enabling their use of, information resources.The services provided by libraries are vital to the enjoyment of fundamental rights. In a world where information is increasingly accessed digitally, library users expect and need access to e-books. However, libraries face significant barriers to ..read more
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COMMUNIA Salon 02/2024: The hollowing of the Public Domain
International Communia Association
by COMMUNIA Association
1M ago
On Tuesday, June 18th, 15:00-16:00 CEST, we invite you to an online salon on the alarming development of the hollowing of the Public Domain through cultural heritage laws with a focus on Italy. Under the Italian cultural heritage code, many uses of cultural heritage held in Italian collections are contingent on authorisation and the payment of a concession fee even if the work in question has long been out of or never been under copyright. In recent years, the Italian Ministry of Culture has ramped up the enforcement of this pseudo-copyright by taking legal proceedings against a number of comm ..read more
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Regional court of Stuttgart rejects the extraterritoriality of the Italian cultural heritage code
International Communia Association
by Sam Donvil
1M ago
The Italian Ministry of Culture has taken legal proceedings in Italy against a number of commercial uses of Public Domain works held in Italian collections. Defendants included GQ Italia (for using Michelangelo’s David on a magazine cover), Jean Paul Gaultier (for using Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus in a clothing collection) and, of particular interest here, Ravensburger (for using Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man on a jigsaw puzzle). The court of Venice ordered the German toy manufacturer to pay a fee to the Gallerie dell’Accademia di Venezia not only for products sold in Italy but also in other ma ..read more
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Sign up for our new monthly newsletter!
International Communia Association
by COMMUNIA Association
1M ago
Today, we are launching our brand new monthly newsletter. We are aiming for a clear and easily digestible overview of our work as well as recent developments in our field of interest for policymakers, civil society partners and anyone with an interest in the Public Domain. For now, we intend to release a newsletter on a monthly basis. Our dedicated event newsletter will continue to exist for those who would like to also (or exclusively) receive updates on our online salons and in-person events. If you would like to stay up to date with our blog posts, policy papers and activities in general, s ..read more
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The Post-DSM Copyright Report: Article 17
International Communia Association
by Teresa Nobre
1M ago
This is the final blog post in our series on trends in national copyright policy following the DSM implementation. With the national processes finalised in all but one Member State, we have analysed the transpositions to understand the impact of our proposals, identify areas of convergence and divergence, and assess how those affect the position of users and the Public Domain. In previous blog posts, we discussed the national transpositions of research rights, education rights, the Public Domain safeguard and cultural heritage rights, and the press publishers’ right. Today, we present the resu ..read more
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COMMUNIA 2022-2023 annual report out now
International Communia Association
by COMMUNIA Association
1M ago
Today, we are publishing our 2022-2023 annual report that covers COMMUNIA’s activities between July 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023. This corresponds to the first reporting period for our structural grant from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. During this roll-out stage, we have restructured the organisation in a way to allow it to operate independently and consolidate its role as one of the most important voices for progressive copyright reform in Europe. The report provides an account of our organisational development during that period and gives a detailed overvie ..read more
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New policy paper on limitation of liability for knowledge institutions
International Communia Association
by COMMUNIA Association
1M ago
Today, COMMUNIA is releasing Policy Paper #18 on limitation of liability for knowledge institutions (also available as a PDF file), in which we propose to lay down at Union level that knowledge institutions shall be sheltered from liability so long as they act in a responsible and prudent way, having reasonable grounds to believe that they have acted in accordance with copyright law. Individuals and organisations who frequently interact with copyright-protected material in a professional capacity are often overwhelmed when it comes to determining what they may or may not do, sim ..read more
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