[A2k] Communia: new Intl Association to launch in Brussels, 16 June 2011
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COMMUNIA continues with an International Non-Profit Association based in
The Communia Thematic Network (http://www.communia-project.eu) has been
funded by the European Commission from September 2007 until February 2011.
Coordinated of Politecnico di Torino (Italy), the Network gathered over 50
members from academia and civil society researching and promoting the
digital public domain in Europe and worldwide.
Four years later, Communia members wish to pursue the cooperation under the
form of an International Non-Profit Association based in Brussels. The
Association’s mission is to educate about, advocate for, offer expertise and
research about the public domain in the digital age within society and with
After decades of measures that have drastically reduced the public domain,
typically by extending the terms of protection, it is time to strongly
reaffirm how much our societies and economies rely on a vibrant and ever
expanding public domain. The role of the public domain, already crucial in
the past, is even more important today, as the Internet and digital
technologies enable us to access, use and re-distribute culture with an ease
and a power unforeseeable even just a generation ago.
The Communia Association aims at pursuing this discussion…
• Help us create a more balanced discussion about copyright in the digital
environment and maximize the economic, social and cultural impact of our
cultural and scientific heritage.
• Join the launch event after the first plenary session of the EC Digital
COMMUNIA ASSOCIATION LAUNCH, 16 JUNE 2011
VENUE: THE MONK CAFÉ, RUE STE-CATHERINE, 42, BRUSSELS
FROM 21h ONWARDS - IN THE PRESENCE OF COMMUNIA ASSOCIATION CO-FOUNDERS
Open discussion about the public domain in the digital world, the future
Prospectives on the future activity of Communia
Drinks and networking
In the press:
Intellectual Property Watch
*13 June 2011*
New Brussels Lobbying Group Communia Works For A Stronger Public
Ermert <http://www.ip-watch.org/weblog/author/monika/> for *Intellectual
Property Watch* and William
A new association is being launched this week in Brussels with the mission
to promote the digital public domain. The move comes in the face of heavy
lobbying for stronger copyright protection.
The group, Communia, will focus on research and advocacy work, according to
Mélanie Dulong of the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS),
a partner of the Research Center in Administrative Science (CERSA), one of
the founding members of Communia.
Lobbying from this angle is important because pressure is so strong for a
more restrictive copyright system, more control and three-strikes systems,
Dulong said. Three-strikes refers to a growing practice of threatening to
cut off all access to the internet for a person alleged to violate copyright
At their 16 June launch, Communia members will promote 14 principles to
protect and promote the public
including a warning against ever-longer automatic copyright protection
periods (up to 90 years), a call to sanction “any false or misleading
attempt to misappropriate public domain material,” and to only grant full
copyright protection to registered works.
It also calls for harmonisation of exceptions and limitations to copyright,
a pan-European system allowing full access to orphan works (for which the
copyright owner cannot be found), facilitation of access to copyrighted
works for education and research purposes, and strengthening of publicly
funded and cultural organisations by ensuring information is freely
available for all.
The launch of Communia results from the work of an EU-funded project started
in 2007 that brought together about 50 partners from research, library and
advocacy institutions. The partners, many of which are also active as
Creative Commons partners, decided after the end of the EU public funding
that the work was indispensable.
The list of Communia members is available
More information on Communia is available
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