The Launch of Blanchard's Balloon at The Hague in 1785 by G. Carbentus (cropped)

Launch of the COMMUNIA Non-Profit Association

After almost four years of activities, the COMMUNIA Project is closing down. But many members, willing to pursue its overall goals, decided to 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 policy-makers.

The COMMUNIA Association aims at expanding the discussion and activities carried out by the Project so far, planning in particular to 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.

The COMMUNIA Association launch event is planned for Thursday June 16, 2011 at 21:00h , at The MONK Café Rue Sainte Catherine, 42, in Bruxelles. Everybody is welcome!

Here is a first article/interview about the new Association, while a list of 14 principles to protect and promote the public domain has already been drafted. It includes 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.

Please spread the word, join us in Bruxelles and follow the COMMUNIA association on Twitter!

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