COMMUNIA 2022-2023 annual report

This annual report covers COMMUNIA’s activities between July 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023. This corresponds to the first reporting period for our structural grant from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. During this roll-out stage, we have restructured the organisation in a way to allow it to operate independently and consolidate its role as one of the most important voices for progressive copyright reform in Europe.

The report provides an account of our organisational development during that period and gives a detailed overview of our strategic priorities and efforts. We have conducted a multitude of activities to advance COMMUNIA’s mission and, specifically, our 20 Policy Recommendations launched in 2022.

Key achievements from this reporting period include:

  • developing and promoting a comprehensive legislative proposal that aims at better enabling knowledge institutions to fulfil their missions in the digital environment;
  • establishing ourselves as an important voice in the heated debate on the copyright implications of artificial intelligence training;
  • improving the implementation of the transposition of the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive (CDSM Directive) in a number of member states;
  • commissioning pre-litigation research and supporting the case of an activist in the cultural heritage sector;
  • and starting an initiative for a declaration or legal instrument to protect the Public Domain at the international level with activists and experts from all around the world.

This is a revised version of our report submitted to Arcadia, published here for transparency.

Etching of a printer's press by Abraham Bosse.
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