Europe on the way to digital commons?
The French government has a new plan for Europe that could help the EU compete with the US tech giants: the digital commons.
Digital commons are everywhere – from open source software to other technological tools that are open and accessible to all members of the community. They are often managed voluntarily by technology enthusiasts and Internet communities with limited resources.
When properly implemented, digital commons can bring greater competitiveness, knowledge sharing and interoperability to the technology sector.
The French government, during its Presidency of the EU Council in 2022, has called on Member States to focus attention on digital commons. From Paris came a call for European governments to develop policy agendas to pursue the objective.
This week, Europe is joining the movement: on 21 and 22 June, 19 EU Member States and the European Commission presented a report on digital commons (French: communs numériques) at the Digital Assembly in Toulouse.
On September 16, 2023, Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič participated in the event @Re:Source MAH – the 10th International Conference on Histories of Media Art, Science and Technology. The program was divided into various categories (“tracks”), specifically focusing on the documentation and preservation of media arts; climate change; pioneers of media arts; and the history of media arts in museums.
The U.S. Copyright Office has once again denied the registration of an artwork created by artificial intelligence. Artist Jason M. Allen was unsuccessful in his second attempt to register the artwork “Theatre D’opera Spatial” as a copyrighted work because it contains more than a de minimis amount of content generated by artificial intelligence (AI).
On Friday 23 June 2023, a webinar entitled “Copyright and Legal Basis for Generative Artificial Intelligence Training” was held as the inaugural event of an informal research network in the region in the field of copyright. Researchers from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and North Macedonia participated in the event, which is part of the national Open Knowledge Day initiative and the national and regional coordination activities carried out by ODIPI under the auspices of Knowledge Rights 21.