Wikimania is the biggest world conference on free knowledge. It is organized by the Wikimedia Foundation. This year, the conference was held in Stockholm between 14 and 18 August under the title: “Stronger together: Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals”.
A dispute between the University of California (UC) and the publishing giant Elsevier echoes in academia. After months of negotiations, UC decided to terminate the agreement with the publisher as the latter was not willing to agree to UC’s terms. UC, where almost 10% of scientific articles in US are published, wanted to make those articles available to the public. Instead, Elsevier insisted on double payment for “open access” articles.
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.
Last week, the Government of Slovenia approved the new Proposal of the Act on the Changes and Amendments of the Copyright and Related Rights Act (ZASP), that is currently under discussion in the Parliament. The Amending Act transposes the Directive 2017/1564 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 September 2017 on certain permitted uses of certain works and other subject matter protected by copyright and related rights for the benefit of persons who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print-disabled, that was to be transposed already in October 2018.
On 28 May 2019, the representatives of the member states unanimously adopted the draft of UNESCO Recommendation on Open Educational Resources. The document will be finally debated at the UNESCO General Conference that will be held in Paris this November.
Today, dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič is speaking on the regional seminar “Do we need to regulate social media? Rationales for and viability of regulation of online platforms and social media” on the pannel “Solutions and approaches”.
The Directive on copyright and related rights in the Digital Single Market has not yet entered into force (7 June 2019 is the official date initiating the 2-year implementation period), the CJEU already received a question regarding its conformity with the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
“The Directive threatens free knowledge. We are all authors, we are all creators online, so requirements for platforms to filter uploads by third parties, by their users may really lead to a situation where these same filters can be applied to other types of content. Not just copyright violations, you can basically censor anything.”
The University of Zagreb invites you to enroll in the interdisciplinary postgraduate specialist studies of intellectual property in the academic year 2019/2020. Successful candidates will obtain the following title at the end of the program: sveučilišni specijalist/specijalistica intelektualnog vlasništva.
42 organizations that advocate for the protection of fundamental rights of users on the internet and a wide access to knowledge, amongst which Civil Liberties Union of Europe, Wikimedia Foundation, IFLA, EDRi, Communia and Creative Commons, addressed an open letter to the European Commission at the beginning of this week.
“The Internet has this quality for amplification for user engagement, for reach of content and information that we have not seen before.” This is how Jan Gerlach (Senior Public Policy Manager, Fundacija Wikimedia) commented the internet in an interview with Domen Savič (Citizen D) on the podcast Fahrenheit 77.
“Open Knowledge Day, organized by the Intellectual Property Institute and the institute Today is a new day last week, emphasized that privacy and knowledge are not properties but need to be rights.”
“Authors – individual creators are in a difficult position, but will the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market and its controversial provision introducing filters fix this? I fear not.” dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič commented the recently adopted Directive in an interview with Primorske novice.
Amongst others, RTV reported on the Open Knowledge Day, that was jointly organized by the Intellectual Property Institute and Danes je nov dan on 6 May 2019.
“We tend to communicate more and more on the internet and on platforms – whether WhatsApp, Twitter or Facebook. If we make these platforms liable and if we demand that they control communication and limit some content, we lose not only the layer of democratic but also the layer of judiciary control.” said Jan Gerlach (Senior Public Policy Manager, Wikimedia Foundation) for the newspaper Večer.
On the Open Knowledge Day, organized by the Intellectual Property Institute and Today is a new day on 6 May 2019 in the atrium of ARC SAZU, numerous lecturers shared their knowledge on different aspects of open (in the broader sense knowledge, in the narrow sense culture, science, education, hardware and software, data, etc.).
Yesterday, the Slovenian Chapter of Creative Commons was established by Slovenian members of Creative Commons Global Network. Some interested individuals were also present at the meeting.
In connection with the event Open Knowledge Day, an exhibition of the students of Photography at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design will be organized on Monday, 6 May 2019, between 20:00 and 22:00 at Aksioma.
On Monday, 6 May 2019, an introductory meeting, on which the Slovenian Creative Commons Chapter will be established will take place at 10:00 at the premises of Aksioma (Komenskega 18, 1000 Ljubljana). With the reorganization of Creative Commons (abbreviated CC or “ustvarjalna gmajna” in Slovenian), the CC Global Network was created. Individuals and institutions are free to join the network.
Today, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day. Traditionally, IPI announces the most notable event of the past year on this day. Without doubt, this was for sure the adoption of the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market.
Open knowledge is knowledge that one is free to use, reuse, and redistribute without legal, social or technological restrictions. Open Data and Open Content, Open Science and Open Education, Open Hardware and Software are all building blocks of Open Knowledge and consequently an open society.
On 23 April, we celebrate the World Book and Copyright Day. On this day, the creative path of two of the greatest literary names Cervantes and Shakespeare came to an end.
Yesterday, a presentation of the Analysis of the situation on the field of enforcement intellectual property rights was organized by the Slovenian Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) in cooperation with the EU Intellectual Property Office at the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport. Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, Saša Krajnc and Tilen Zonta from IPI also attended the event.
For the development of innovative products and services on the digital single market, the Proposal for the Directive on Open Data and Public Sector Information is also important. While the Copyright Directive was raising dust, the European Parliament adopted the PSI Directive with large majority but without greater attention.
Today, the Council of EU sealed the deal on the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. After the publication of the official text of the Directive and its entry into force, the Member States will have two years to transfer the directive into their national legislation.
Luka Novak from the Slovenian Organization of Authors and Publishers for Reproduction Rights – SAZOR and Domen Savič from the institute Državljan D confronted their views on the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market, while dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, IPI, spoke about the text and data mining and educational exception.
In cooperation with the organization Creative Commons, IPI prepared the official translations of the CC licenses 4.0. Creative Commons provides free, easy-to-use copyright licenses to give the public permission to use creative work, but also acts as an organized network for advocacy and initiatives related to free sharing of copyrighted material, open resources and open internet.
“We believe that there is a minimum set of access and use rights that should be defined by public rules, since they are justified by public interests. If copyright laws do not grant to the education and research communities, the cultural heritage institutions, and the persons with disabilities the same level of protection that is granted to rightsholders, and defer to private agreements the regulation of all uses of copyrighted materials, they perpetuate an unbalanced power structure […]. In order to have a minimum set of rules that are applied uniformly by every Member State and have a cross-border effect we need an international law.”
Today, Urša Menart (president of the Directors Guild of Slovenia), dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič (CEO of IPI), Luka Novak (member of the management of the Slovenian Organization of Authors and Publishers for Reproduction Rights) and Vuk Ćosić (digital strategist and web artist) spoke on the podcast Studio ob 17h about the Copyright Directive that was adopted last week.
This week the EU adopted the legislation, which will change the internet as we know it. But all is not lost. First, the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market must be approved by the Council, where the votes of the representatives are weighted according to the population of the member states (the bigger the population of a member state, the more the vote counts). There is still a theoretical chance for a major state to reject the Directive.
Despite 5 million signatures collected against the introduction of censorship and mass protests that took place in Europe last week, the MEPs have adopted the harmful Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market on today’s plenary vote in the European Parliament.
Today, at 12:30 the European Parliament will say its final word on the faith of the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market (you can follow the vote live here).
Today, the newspaper Finance published an article, in which different positions regarding the Proposal for the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market are confronted. The position of dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič is also presented.
Before tomorrow’s plenary vote in the European Parliament on the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market, the European academics warn: “Articles 11 and 13 must go”!
Ministry of Education, Science and Sport you DOES NOT support the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market because of the public interest in education and research is not considered enough! You can read the full position of the Ministry (in Slovene) here as well as on their official website.
If you have so far failed to understand, why the new DSM Directive is so controversial, an interview with prof. Martin Kretschmer from the University of Glasgow is a Friday must-read before the week in which the European Parliament will vote on the Directive.
If the European Parliament adopts the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market next week, especially Article 13 (which was changed to Article 17 just before the vote), the internet as a space for communication, where everyone freely communicates with everyone else, will change drastically.
The plenary final vote in the European Parliament on the faith of the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market is expected to take place next week. Learn more on why the Directive is still bad on the website Internet is for the people and on our website ipi.si, where the positive and the negative implications of the Directive are presented.
On ipi.si you will find a short introduction to all areas, in which IPI operates, the different projects, we are involved in, as well as a special section dedicated to legislative changes of copyright law. Through our new website, we will regularly keep you up-to-date about the novelties in the field of intellectual property law, especially copyright law and the areas connected to our work.
Whose rights will suffer because of the fight for intellectual property? Learn more on yesterday’s podcast Intelekta, on which dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič talked about the good and the bad things the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market will bring.
All the changes to the final text of the Proposal for the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market that were negotiated in the trilogue are analyzed on the website Internet is for the people, available also in Slovenian. An analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of the Directive can also be found on our website.
Join us tomorrow, 8 March 2019 at 14 PM (CET), on the webinar “Women in the Open: Experiences, perspectives and approaches”, on which dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič will also be speaking.
On 26 February 2019, JURI Committee on Legal Affairs approved the text of the Proposal for the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market, despite the protests on the streets.
The member states of the EU have on the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) approved the text of the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market that was negotiated in the trilogue.
IPI and Communia prepared an overview of the articles of the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market in Slovene.
The trilogue negotiations are concluded after 30 month with a final text of the new EU Copyright Directive, which is not good.
On Friday, 8 February 2019, the member states of the EU have adopted their position on the Proposal for the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market.
Article 3 of the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market is back on the negotiating table and it is even worse
For all of us who were curious about the outcomes of a possible new ancillary copyright for press publishers, we need look no further.
Last week we wrote about the German non-paper and the proposed changes to Article 13 of the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market contained therein.
Teresa Nobre, Communia, writes about the German Council delegation and a proposed “non-paper” with which it tries to mitigate the negative effects of Article 13 of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.
Not every act of plagiarism is an infringement of copyright and not every copyright infringement is an act of plagiarism.
Copyright and related rights in music
Regarding the reform of the copyright in the Digital Single Market, the negotiators in the trilogue have provisionally agreed to include a Public Domain clause in Article 5 of the Directive.
This year we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Public Domain Manifesto. Its goal is to emphasize the importance of the wealth of information, which is free from the barriers associated to copyright limiting the access and re-use of a copyright work.
January 1, the date on which we celebrate the Day of the Public Domain, is important for copyright as in most of the countries in the world, the works whose copyright protection expired in the previous year, become part of the public domain.
The opposition against Article 13 of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market is getting stronger and stronger.
In October 2018, the European Union officially ratified the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled.
Is there anyone still supporting Article 13 of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market?
Global Congress on IP and Public Interest 2018, Washington D.C.
Statement by EPIP Academics to Members of the European Parliament in advance of the Plenary Vote on the Copyright Directive on 12 September 2018 – vote for a balanced European copyright law
Report on the roundtable “Europe needs a good copyright reform”
Communia has analyzed Mr. Voss’s proposal and it seems that it is the worst proposal so far. It seems that there will be no compromise on Article 13 before the plenary vote.
Today, the Slovenian Press Agency (STA) organized a round table on the future of copyright in the EU.
The review Gea published an interview with dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič regarding Article 11 of the Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market.
Every summer, the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam, hosts one of the best annual summer schools on copyright law. From 2 to 6 July, IPI’s Saša Krajnc had the pleasure of being among the 20 carefully selected participants of this 5-day intense legal seminar, covering all of the latest, upcoming and hot topics of EU and worldwide copyright law.
Today, dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič from IPI spoke on television on the news Odmevi about the current state of copyright in EU.
From 13 to 15 April, when spring was already warming up Europe, IPI’s dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič and Saša Krajnc attended the pinnacle of annual Creative Commons events – the CC Global Summit in icy, yet still posh Toronto. For those not familiar with the organisation – Creative Commons provides free, easy-to-use copyright licenses to give the public permission to use creative work, but also acts as an organized network for advocacy and initiatives related to free sharing of copyrighted material, open resources and open internet.
On 20 April 2018, an international round table on “Digital Single Market and Its Impact on Culture and Media in Croatia” was held in Zagreb. Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič participated on the panel on fostering creativity.
ETUCE (European Trade Union Committee for Education) in cooperation with EFEE (European Federation of Education Employers) and Communia organized an international conference entitled “A better copyright for quality higher education and research in Europe and beyond” that took place in Brussels on 11 April 2018.
Between 20 and 21 March the European Copyright Action Days took place in Brussels. Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič also attended the event.
On Friday, 2 February 2018, IPI organized the event “Reportage: Do you speak CC? Creative Commons 2017 @ OSMO/ZA” in cooperation with Ljudmila and Luka Prinčič.
On Metina lista’s podcast Evropska četrt dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič spoke on why the reform of copyright law is necessary, but why the current proposition is bad.
The Faculty of Law of the University of Maribor published a conference paper with the lectures of the IXth conference “Law and Economics: Copyrighted works at the university: – legal, economic and other aspects”.
Between 18 and 20 October, UNESCO and the Government of the Republic of Slovenia organized the 2nd World Open Educational Resources (OER) Congress in Ljubljana. One of the supporters of the event was also IPI.
On Friday, 2 December 2016, the Faculty of Law of the University of Maribor hosted the IXth conference “Law and Economics: Copyrighted works at the university: – legal, economic and other aspects”.
Saša Krajnc, in cooperation with the Chamber of Architecture and Spatial Planning published a manual entitled “Copyright in architecture”.
GV založba published a new book entitled Law in the Information Society, whose co-authors are, amongst others, also dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič and Jernej Pusser.
On 24 April 2014, the European Commission published on its page the final report and the executive summary of the Study on sports organizers’ rights in the European Union, in which the Intellectual Property Institute acted as a rapporteur for Slovenia. The study was made under the consortium of the ASSER Institute and the Institute for Information Law – IViR.
In September, the London School of Economics and Political Science Department of Media and Communications published a report on the impact of digital sharing on the incomes of the creative industry as part of the Media Policy Project.
On 11 December 2012, the MEPs approved the EU patent package.
On 25 October 2012, the Council adopted the Directive 2012/28/EU of the European Parliament and the Council on certain permitted uses of orphan works.
The European Parliament voted AGAINST ACTA with a large majority. The MEPs did not vote against the authors and promoting creativity.
Last week Communia Thematic Network published on its website a Public Report regarding the digital public domain. This Report provides a useful insight on the activities of Communia, while also addressing the state of the digital public domain in Europe and providing some policy recommend for enhancing public domain and making digital content more accessible and re-usable by all citizens.
The review LeXonomica published the article entitled “Contractual regulation of copyrights on works of architecture” by Saša Krajnc.
On 28 October 2011, the European Commission adopted a recommendation asking EU Member States to step up their efforts, pool their resources and involve the private sector in digitizing cultural material.
Today, the Council adopted the directive on the extension of the term of protection of related rights for performers and producers of phonograms with a qualified majority.
In July, the European Commission has published a Green Paper on the initiative of Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier.
This week a new association called Communia was established in Brussels. Its main goal is to promote the digital public domain.
A special rapporteur of the UN, Frank La Rue, prepared and published an important report dealing with the freedom of expression on the internet.
On 24ur.com, an article entitled Do creators allow plagiarism? was published.
Dnevnik published an interview with dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič regarding the problem of digitalization of library work and similar questions, with which authors are faced in Slovenia.
On 15 October, dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič held a lecture on the Days of Slovenian Lawyers 2010 in the section “Modern technologies in EU law: from the contracts to the gambling”. On the basis of the case Google France, Google Inc. v Louis Vuitton Malletier she presented the problem of misuse of trademarks on the Internet with the help of the advertising service Google AdWords and similar systems.
The article “Copyright as an instrument of protection of architectural works” by Saša Krajnc was published in the review AR : Architecture, Research.
On the webpage of the project the Slovenian translation of the Public Domain Manifesto was published.
IPI prepared an extensive Study on the Legal Aspects of the Digitalization of Libraries for the National and University Library and dLib.si.