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.
The European Union and China have recently negotiated a bilateral agreement that will ensure the protection of 100 Chinese geographical indications in the EU and 100 European GIs in China. This agreement is of major importance in light of the fact that China is the second largest exporter of EU agricultural products market with GIs.
International conference “Advancing Education – People, Institution, Technology”, which took place on 7 November 2019, saw international and Slovenian experts present their views, reflections and examples of e-learning practices and related opportunities and challenges. The program of the conference can be found here.
The world known anonymous street artist Banksy recently opened a shop in South London that is closed for the public. In fact, it is only a storefront, in which different rather unusual products are exhibited. They can be bought on the artist’s newly established online store. In the background of these openings by the activist, who is generally against intellectual property and its commercialisation, are legal procedures regarding the protection of Banksy’s works and his name.
On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, Dr. Maja, Bogataj Jančič visited the Mirana Jarca Library in Novo Mesto, where she led a full-day workshop titled “Copyright for Libraries”.