IPI founding member of Communia
This week a new association called Communia was established in Brussels. Its main goal is to promote the digital public domain.
The establishment of Commnuia, whose founding member is also the Intellectual Property Institute, is a reaction to efforts to strengthen the copyright legislation. Formally, Communia will start to operate on 16 June, when the founding members will present the 14 principles for protecting and promoting the public domain. Its main tasks will be consulting and researching. One of the main prepositions is to stop the endless extension of the term of copyrights (extension to 90 years), to sanction the attempt of misuse the works in the public domain and to promote the development of the copyright registration system.
The association will, amongst others, strive to facilitate the access to copyright works for educational and research purposes, the harmonization of exceptions and limitations to copyrights, the establishment of a pan-European system for resolving the problem of orphan works and the enforcement of the publicly financed cultural organizations with the purpose of enabling a wide access to information.
The establishment of Communia is the result of a project from 2007, that was financed by the EU. The project unites 50 partners from the research, library and consulting sector. The majority of the participants, who are also partners of the project Creative Commons, believe that the creation of such an organization was necessary and needs to remain even after the exhaustion of financial stimulation by the EU.
Recently, the Dutch government has released the proposal of the amendment of the copyright legislation (in Dutch), with which it intends to implement the Directive on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market. The public has now until 2 September 2019 to comment on the proposal. Opening the public consultation in the middle of the summer implies that the Dutch legislator wants to implement the Directive as fast as possible without giving the public a real possibility to be included in the debate.
Summer Economics Institute (SEI) is a summer school, organized for the 8th time by the American Chamber of Commerce in Slovenia (AmCham Slovenia) and the US Embassy in Slovenia. There, dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič held her traditional lecture, in which she presented to the participants the different phases of the development of a company and the issues relating to intellectual property law they encounter in real life.
“The main event hosted different lecturers who presented different building blocks of the open knowledge. During the day, there were many other events; the Slovenian chapter of Creative Commons was established and the exhibition Create a work that’s not yours took place in the evening.”
Tomorrow, on 14 June 2019, dr. Maje Bogataj Jančič will have an introductory lecture with the title Copyrights in education on the Consultation “Copyright and rights in the digital education and presentation of the pilot updates of the Digital university”, that will be held at the Faculty of Administration starting 9 AM.