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Communia condemns the privatisation of the Public Domain by the BnF

Last week the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) concluded [two new agreements](http://www.culturecommunication.gouv.fr/Espace-Presse/Communiques/Investissements-d-Avenir-Deux-partenariats-d-envergure-conclus-pour-la-numerisation-et-la-diffusion-des-collections-de-la-Bibliotheque-nationale-de-France-BnF) with private companies to digitze over 70.000 old books, 200.000 sound recordings and other documents belonging (either partially or as a whole) to the public domain. While these public private partnerships enable the digitization of these works they also contain 10-year exclusive agreements […]

COMMUNIA statement on open access to EU funded Horizon 2020 research

Horizon 2020 is the EU’s proposed new programme for research and innovation, which would run from 2014 to 2020. The programme would create an “[Innovation Union]( http://ec.europa.eu/research/innovation-union/index_en.cfm)” with a budget of €80million, bringing together current research and innovation funding available through a number of sources. On 28th November MEPs are set to vote on the […]

Open Book Publishers releases “The Digital Public Domain”

[Open Book Publishers](http://www.openbookpublishers.com/) is the first UK academic publisher to have made all its books freely available online, publishing peer-reviewed research in subjects across the Humanities and Social Sciences. They are “committed to the idea that high quality scholarship should be available to readers everywhere regardless of their income or access to university libraries”. This […]

Public Domain Day: January 1st 2012

**The following guest post is by Juan Carlos de Martin, from the the Politecnico of Torino, Italy, one of the organisers of the annual [Public Domain Day](http://www.publicdomainday.org/) of which the OKF is a proud supporter.** Every January a growing number of people throughout the world gather to celebrate the new year. But not for the […]

How can we promote the public domain?

**The following post is from [Jonathan Gray](http://jonathangray.org/), Community Coordinator at the [Open Knowledge Foundation](http://okfn.org/).** A few weeks back we ran a small workshop in Berlin for [Public Domain Day 2011](http://www.publicdomainday.org/). It was attended by a mix of artists, scholars, legal experts, technologists, and passers by. We started out with a general conversation in which the […]

Cultural Heritage rights in the age of digital copyright

**The following guest post is from [Stefano Costa](http://www.iosa.it/) at the University of Siena. Stefano is Founder of the [IOSA initiative](http://www.iosa.it/) and Coordinator of the [Open Knowledge Foundation](http://www.okfn.org)’s [Working Group on Open Data in Archaeology](http://wiki.okfn.org/wg/archaeology).** On December, 10th the COMMUNIA WG3 gathered in Istanbul for the final workshop, with the aim of producing a set of […]

Opening up European public sector information: two recommendations

Last week I participated in the third (and sadly final!) conference of [Communia project](http://www.communia-project.eu/), a European thematic network on the digital public domain. The theme of this conference was [University and Cyberspace](http://www.communia2010.org/) and several of the talks articulated a vision in which universities, academics, and students play a key role in creating, curating and promoting […]

Public Domain Calculators at Europeana

**The following guest post is from Christina Angelopoulos at the [Institute for Information Law (IViR)](http://www.ivir.nl/) and Maarten Zeinstra at [Nederland Kennisland](http://www.kennisland.nl/) who are working on building a series of [Public Domain Calculators](http://wiki.okfn.org/PublicDomainCalculators) as part of the Europeana project. Both are also members of the Open Knowledge Foundation’s [Working Group on the Public Domain](http://wiki.okfn.org/wg/publicdomain).** Over the […]

Book Search, Museum View, and Exploitation

Read today a Google Books PR piece on the Guardian website. Of out-of-print or hard-to-get books, it says, “Although copies may be available in libraries, they are effectively dead to the wider world.” Also heard today that Google Street View is proposing inside views, museum interiors. Last week, I and some OKF people heard a […]