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.
The 43rd session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (hereinafter SCCR) made substantial progress on the issues advocated by the A2K Coalition (Access to Knowledge Coalition), which IPI is a member of. This year’s session was the most productive on the issues of exceptions and limitations. James Love (Knowledge Ecology International), a long-time observer at WIPO, described the outcome and the impact of the public interest community as the strongest since the conclusion of the Marrakech Treaty, which brought global copyright exceptions for the benefit of the blind and visually impaired.
Today, March 17, 2023, a symposium on law in the information society is taking place in the golden lecture hall of the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana. Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič will present copyright aspects of artificial intelligence at the symposium.
The third day of the 43rd session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights is intended for discussion on the topic of exceptions and limitations to copyright, especially in connection with the right to research.
The 43rd session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR/43) is being held in Geneva from March 13 to 17, 2023. The Intellectual Property Institute has a permanent observer status at WIPO since 2022 and is also a member of the Access to Knowledge Coalition (A2K coalition).