Mission

The Public Domain is the wealth of information that is free from the barriers usually associated with copyright protection (such as, to access or to reuse) either because it is free from any copyright protection or because the right holders have decided to remove these barriers. It is the raw material from which new knowledge is derived and new cultural works are created.

This definition is extracted from the Public Domain Manifesto, an output of the Thematic Network. A book “The Digital Public Domain: Foundations for an Open Culture” (pdf) has also been published and brings together essays 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 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 policy-makers. It draws from the 14 Communia policy recommendations.

Activities

The Association aims at maintaining and reinforcing a network of European and international organisations that constitute reference for policy discussion and strategic action on all issues related to the public domain in the digital environment and related topics.

Activities include publications, meetings, conferences, projects, consultations, studies, research, representation towards institutions, collaboration with other associations and entities in Brussels, in Europe and worldwide.

In particular, the fields of endeavor of the Communia Association includes :

Deliverables

Policy Papers

1. COMMUNIA policy paper on the proposed orphan works directive

2. COMMUNIA policy paper on the proposal to amend the European Directive on re-use of Public Sector Information

3. COMMUNIA EU Positive Agenda for the Digital Public Domain

4. COMMUNIA WIPO Positive Agenda for the Public Domain

5. COMMUNIA Position on EC Horizon 2020 Open Access policy

6. COMMUNIA policy paper on proposed Directive on collective management of copyright

European Project

COMMUNIA is a member of LAPSI 2.0 European Thematic Network on Legal Aspects of Public Sector Information

WIPO Statements

Communia is a WIPO permanent observer since 2012 and delivered the following statements:

CDIP/10 second statement on Scenarios and Possible Options Concerning Recommendations 1c, 1f and 2a of the Scoping Study on Copyright and Related Rights and the Public Domain (CDIP/9/INF/2 Rev.)

- CDIP/10 first statement commenting on Terms of Reference for a Comparative Study on Copyright Relinquishment (document CDIP/10/14),

CDIP/9 on the Scenarios and Possible Options Concerning Recommendations 1c, 1f and 2a of the Scoping Study on Copyright and Related Rights and the Public Domain by the Secretariat (document CDIP/9/INF/2)

- CDIP/8 supporting the Scoping Study on Copyright and Related Rights and the Public Domain by Séverine Dusollier (document CDIP/7/INF/2).

Miscellaneous

Blog posts on various topics and projects.