The Public Domain should be protected from private interests.

Private encroachment of the Public Domain is a serious threat to a common wealth that belongs to all, and must not be appropriated by anyone. Private entities and individuals have a responsibility not to interfere with the right to freely access and use Public Domain works, and should face judicial scrutiny if they fail to do so. Europe should grant a positive status to the Public Domain and a legal standing to both users’ rights organisations and individuals, regardless of a concrete individual interest, to protect the right to use Public Domain works and to oppose any false and misleading attempts to claim exclusive rights over Public Domain works.

Etching of a printer's press by Abraham Bosse.
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