Digital technology has made culture more accessible than ever before. Texts, audio, pictures and video can easily be produced, disseminated, used and remixed using devices that are increasingly user-friendly and affordable. However, along with this technological democratization comes a paradoxical flipside: the norms regulating culture's use
—copyright and related rights
—have become increasingly restrictive.
This book brings together essays by academics, librarians, entrepreneurs, activists and policy makers, who were all part of the EU-funded Communia project. Together the authors argue that the Public Domain —that is, the informational works owned by all of us, be that literature, music, the output of scientific research, educational material or public sector information —is fundamental to a healthy society.
The essays range from more theoretical papers on the history of copyright and the Public Domain, to practical examples and case studies of recent projects that have engaged with the principles of Open Access and Creative Commons licensing. The book is essential reading for anyone interested in the current debate about copyright and the Internet. It opens up discussion and offers practical solutions to the difficult question of the regulation of culture at the digital age.
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ISSN: 2054-2429 (Online)
Title: The Digital Public Domain. Foundations for an Open Culture
Author: Dulong de Rosnay, Melanie and De Martin Juan Carlos (eds.)
Publication date: March 2012
Number of pages: xxv + 220
Dimensions: 6.14" x 9.21"
BIC Subject Codes: UBJ (Ethical and Social Aspects of Internet Technology), LNRC (Copyright Law)
The Digital Public Domain: Foundations for an Open Culture, edited by Melanie de Rosnay and Juan Carlos De Martin, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported Licence.
Melanie Dulong de Rosnay and Juan Carlos De Martin
Manifesto and Policy Recommendations
I. Introducing the Digital Public Domain
1. Communia and the European Public Domain Project: A Politics of the Public Domain
II. Legal Framework
2. Consume and Share: Making Copyright Fit for the Digital Agenda
3. Evaluation of the Directive 2001/29/EC in the Digital Information Society
4. Building Digital Commons through Open Access Management of Copyright-related Rights
III. Developments and Case Studies
5. Contractually-constructed Research Commons: A Critical Economic Appraisal
6. Social Motivations and Incentives in Ex Situ Conservation of Microbial Genetic Resources
Tom Dedeurwaerdere, Per M. Stromberg and Unai Pascual
7. Open Knowledge: Promises and Challenges
Rufus Pollock and Jo Walsh
8. Science Commons: Building the Research Web
9. The DRIVER Project: The Socio-economic Benefits of a European Scientific Commons
Karen Van Godtsenhoven
10. ccREL: The Creative Commons Rights Expression Language
Hal Abelson, Ben Adida, Mike Linksvayer and Nathan Yergler
11. The Value of Registering Creative Works
Roland Alton Scheidl, Joe Benso and Martin Springer
Commons France which she co-founded in 2003 at CERSA/CNRS University Paris 2. In 2011 she co-founded Communia, the international association on the digital public domain, which she currently chairs. She has also been a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and Science Commons, and a researcher at the Institute for Information Law of the University of Amsterdam. She works on comparative public policies for open access to knowledge with a focus on scientific publications and data and cultural heritage.
Juan Carlos De Martin is a Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and co-director of the NEXA Center for Internet & Society at the Politecnico of Torino, Italy, which he co-founded in 2006. He is a Professor of Computer Engineering, with research interests focusing on digital media processing and transmission. De Martin also serves as a member of the Scientific Board of the Institute of the Italian Encyclopedia Treccani and of the Biennale Democrazia. As well as his many peer-reviewed academic articles and essays, he is a frequent op-ed contributor to La Stampa, one of Italy's leading newspapers.