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.
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!