World IP Day
The World IP Day has been celebrated on 26 April since the year 2000. On this day, IPI traditionally announces the most remarkable events in the past year, positively or negatively impacting the IP field. Due to extreme circumstances brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic, the field of IP saw numerous events, initiatives and calls for adaptation being brought forward.
Thus, IPI puts forward the following events as the most noticeable:
- Numerous individuals and organizations representing researchers, educators and students sent an open letter to WIPO, urging for action to be taken in order to ensure that copyright systems in the Member States offer support in tackling the Coronavirus outbreak and its consequences (more in our post “Open letter: WIPO should react to COVID-19 accordingly”);
- LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) published a statement, calling upon EU Member States’ governments, European Commissioners, publishers, authors and their trade bodies to enable open and remote access to educational and research materials in order to properly react to changes introduced with the new coronavirus pandemic (more in our post “LIBER calls for open access to knowledge during the pandemic”);
- Distant learning and access problems, occurring due to the pandemic, clearly indicated why the new EU Copyright Directive 2019/790 implementation needs to be fast and good (more in our post “Extraordinary conditions show the necessity for fast and good implementation of the new Directive”);
- Strict governmental measures adopted as the answer to the coronavirus pandemic raised important questions, whether the current situation demands that we renounce our privacy rights (more in our post “Fighting the pandemic by renouncing our privacy?”).
Among all, the most noticeable event is the “Open COVID Pledge”, which is already producing tangible results. Under the auspices of Creative Commons, the international coalition of scientists, lawyers, entrepreneurs and individuals organized an “Open COVID Pledge”, calling upon rightsholders to enable open access to their Intellectual Property during the pandemic in order to help curb the virus spread. IPI has already supported the “Open COVID Pledge” (more in our post “Open COVID Pledge”).
We here at IPI hope that everyone gets through these difficult times as soon as possible and that we learn to understand the importance of open access to knowledge and the ability to freely use knowledge for research and education for the benefit of our society as a whole.
On 23rd of November, 2021, the European Commission has published two reports in the field of copyright, as required by Directives 2014/26/EU (CRM Directive) and 2019/790 (DSM Directive). They are supported by two studies: Study on emerging issues on collective licensing management in the digital environment, and Study on selected issues relating to the application of the CRM Directive.
A new book “Law and Artificial Intelligence: Issues of Ethics, Human Rights and Social Harm” was published (Institute of Criminology at the Faculty of law in Ljubljana, 2021), the editors of which are prof. dr. Aleš Završnik and dr. Katja Simončič. The author of one of the articles is also dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, LL.M., LL.M., who wrote an article on the topic of whether artificial intelligence can be an author of a copyright work.
Jožef Štefan Institute is organising GO-DIP workshop series, first of them coming on November 19th, 2021 is revolving around software IP and data agreements. The GO-DIP project aims to increase the competencies of knowledge generators and intermediaries. At 15.10 dr. Maja Bogataj Jančič, LL.M., LL.M. will be lecturing in the Workshop: Development of a checklist for model digital IP agreements. Welcome!
2nd GPAI Summit will occur from 11-12 November, 2021 in Paris, France. Leading international AI experts from civil society, academia, industry and governments, including ministerial-level delegates from GPAI’s Membership, will come together for GPAI’s annual event. This public-facing event will include reporting on the ten Working Groups’ study topics, including the reporting of Data Governance Working Group (DG WG). Public conferences will be broadcasted live on GPAI’s Youtube channel. Welcome!