Ensure fundamental rights by limiting copyright
Yesterday, Communia published a new Policy Paper on fundamental rights as a limit to copyright during emergencies.
The document presents a response to the state of emergency brought by COVID-19 pandemic, which significantly disrupted society organisation across the EU. The author, Teresa Nobre, presented her view on how the fundamental rights can provide legal basis for limitation of copyright in these extreme times.
Copyright exceptions and limitations should support education, research and other activities in the public interest, which should be exercised remotely in cases of emergency, when normal society organisation is disrupted. It cannot be said that current national copyright legislation which does not allow for temporary adaptation to the new reality that was introduced with COVID-19 pandemic appropriately incorporates fundamental rights contained in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. In such cases, the rights to freedom of information, freedom of science and education should be respected in order to enable limitation to exclusive copyright. Copyright limitations should be broad enough to provide security for activities equivalent to those carried out on the premises of educational establishments, research organizations and cultural heritage institutions during periods when the physical premises of those institutions are being forced into closure.
On 23rd of November, 2021, the European Commission has published two reports in the field of copyright, as required by Directives 2014/26/EU (CRM Directive) and 2019/790 (DSM Directive). They are supported by two studies: Study on emerging issues on collective licensing management in the digital environment, and Study on selected issues relating to the application of the CRM Directive.
A new book “Law and Artificial Intelligence: Issues of Ethics, Human Rights and Social Harm” was published (Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of law in Ljubljana, 2021), the editors of which are prof. dr. Aleš Završnik and dr. Katja Simončič. The author of one of the articles is also dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, LL.M., LL.M., who wrote an article on the topic of whether artificial intelligence can be an author of a copyright work.
Jožef Štefan Institute is organising GO-DIP workshop series, first of them coming on November 19th, 2021 is revolving around software IP and data agreements. The GO-DIP project aims to increase the competencies of knowledge generators and intermediaries. At 15.10 dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, LL.M., LL.M. will be lecturing in the Workshop: Development of a checklist for model digital IP agreements. Welcome!
2nd GPAI Summit will occur from 11-12 November, 2021 in Paris, France. Leading international AI experts from civil society, academia, industry and governments, including ministerial-level delegates from GPAI’s Membership, will come together for GPAI’s annual event. This public-facing event will include reporting on the ten Working Groups’ study topics, including the reporting of Data Governance Working Group (DG WG). Public conferences will be broadcasted live on GPAI’s Youtube channel. Welcome!