Smithsonian places 2.8 million works in the public domain
Smithsonian, in cooperation with Creative Commons, made almost 3 million of its works available under the CC0 “licence”. This means that rightholders waive their rights and that the content is available to copy, distribute and modify without restrictions, for any purpose (even commercial).
Smithsonian is an institution bringing together 19 museums, 9 research centres, libraries, archives and different affiliates and thus represents the biggest museum, educational and research complex in the world. Digitalisation within the Smithsonian Open Access project lasted for a decade and the result is a base with 2.8 million 2D and 3D works, from portraits of important American historical figures to dinosaur skeletons. Smithsonian joined many cultural institutions that acknowledge the importance of open access and the availability of artistic and cultural works for everyone. With a richer public domain education, research and dissemination of knowledge will be richer as well.
After MEPs first discussed the draft report of rules for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in may, they have already adopted a first set of EU rules for AI regulation at yesterday’s plenary session.
After UNESCO General Conference confirmed in 2019 the establishmentof the International Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI), the Government of Republic of Slovenia finally this week adopted an official notification for its establishment. This means that IRCAI is now officially established.
On 5 and 6 October 2020, Europeana in cooperation with Deutsche Nationalbibliothek and under the auspices of the German Presidency of the Council of Europe organised a digital conference titled “The role of copyright in the digital transformation of the cultural heritage sector”. The conference, while organised as an invite-only event, also included a publicly open session “Past, present and future of copyright & digital transformation. Opportunities in the copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive”. Timotej Kotnik Jesih attended the session on behalf of IPI.