World Intellectual Property Day
Today we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day. The Intellectual Property Institute (IPI) celebrates it by publishing a collection of answer questions that we have received regarding copyright in education from the teachers for whom we have organized the project “Copyright in Education”.
IPI is a consulting, research and educational institution. The main area that IPI deals with is copyright. In the field of copyright, IPI organized and participated in various projects: we co-organized the Open Knowledge Day 2021, conducted Webinars on data analytics, with the support of the US Embassy within the NGO Small Grants project, and we are participating in the Communia Copyright Education project (CR4EDU) and in developing guidelines for Text and Data Mining. We also expanded the work circle to the field of data management and artificial intelligence, as dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, LL.M., LL.M. participates in the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence initiative and co-chairs the data governance group.
One of the many is the project “Copyright in Education”, which IPI is conducting in cooperation with ARNES. As part of this project, in February 2021, ARNES organized an online event “Remote Education and Copyright” for educators, at which dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič presented the basics of copyright and the challenges posed by remote education to more than 850 participants. Based on the questions asked during and after the event, IPI prepared a set of questions and answers to them.
Said questions and answers are made public on the IPI website today, and you are invited to read them!
The Internet Archive will file an appeal against an unfair decision that ignores the value of the libraries’ work
The Internet Archive is a non-profit organization that maintains the Open Library, a digital library index, and is dedicated to preserving knowledge. As many of the works in the Internet Archive are under copyright, the Archive uses a system of controlled digital lending based on digital rights management to prevent unauthorized downloading or copying of copyrighted books. In March 2020, due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Internet Archive established the National Emergency Library, eliminating the waiting lists used in the Open Library and expanding access to books for all readers. In June 2020, the Emergency National Library faced a lawsuit from four book publishers and was ultimately closed.
The 43rd session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (hereinafter SCCR) made substantial progress on the issues advocated by the A2K Coalition (Access to Knowledge Coalition), which IPI is a member of. This year’s session was the most productive on the issues of exceptions and limitations. James Love (Knowledge Ecology International), a long-time observer at WIPO, described the outcome and the impact of the public interest community as the strongest since the conclusion of the Marrakech Treaty, which brought global copyright exceptions for the benefit of the blind and visually impaired.
Today, March 17, 2023, a symposium on law in the information society is taking place in the golden lecture hall of the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana. Dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič will present copyright aspects of artificial intelligence at the symposium.
The third day of the 43rd session of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights is intended for discussion on the topic of exceptions and limitations to copyright, especially in connection with the right to research.