Launching a research network in the region
On Friday 23 June 2023, a webinar entitled “Copyright and Legal Basis for Generative Artificial Intelligence Training” was held as the inaugural event of the Knowledge Rights 21 research network for the Western Balkans region. The research network will study and discuss key issues in the field of Intellectual Property in the region.
The webinar brought together prominent experts from Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and North Macedonia. The event 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.
At the event, Silvia Bottaro, from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, presented the European perspective on “Copyright and access and re-use of scientific publications and data“, followed by a presentation by researchers on the text and data mining regime in their countries. Prof. Dr. Ivana Kunda, from the Faculty of Law, University of Rijeka, presented the regulation in Croatia, Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič (ODIPI) presented the current regulation in Slovenia, Prof. Dr. Iza Razija Mešević presented a proposal for regulation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Prof. Dr. Neda Zdraveva presented a proposal for regulation in North Macedonia. Prof. Dr. Dušan V. Popović, from the Faculty of Law, University of Belgrade, presented only the general framework of exceptions and limitations for research in Serbia, as there is no activity in their country to adopt appropriate exceptions for text and data mining.
The launch of the research network is a first step towards better cooperation between copyright researchers in the region. A conference and workshop will also be organised in Ljubljana in October to continue presenting the results of the research on text and data mining in the region, and to discuss other copyright topics in the field of research and open science.
The 4th Open Knowledge Day took place on Tuesday 17 October 2023, with an accompanying workshop on 18 October 2023. This year it was organised by the Open Data and Intellectual Property Institute (ODIPI) and supported by Knowledge Rights 21 (KR21).
We invite you to the fourth Open Knowledge Day and the workshop, which will take place this year within the framework of the programme and with the support of Knowledge Rights 21. The event will bring together experts from different European countries to discuss two topics: the first part will deal with the legal basis for data analytics, which is a key part of machine learning and related artificial intelligence, and the general exception for research. In the second part, open science in theory and practice will be presented both in Slovenia and in some Western Balkan countries. Representatives of research and educational institutions from Slovenia and the Western Balkan countries, as well as interested members of the public, are invited to attend.
Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, a renowned expert in copyright law, has joined the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, where she will serve as an affiliate researcher for the next two years.
On Friday, October 6, 2023, the online seminar “Practical Experiences in Resolving Copyrights of Modern Book Works” took place. The seminar addressed relevant questions concerning user access to literary works in digital form.