publication . Book . 2012

The Digital Public Domain

Melanie Dulong de Rosnay; Juan Carlos de Martin;
  • Published: 01 Mar 2012
  • Publisher: HAL CCSD
  • Country: France
The book is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 unported license available at; This book brings together essays by academics, librarians, entrepreneurs, activists and policy makers, who were all part of the EU-funded Communia project. Together the authors argue that the Public Domain -- that is, the informational works owned by all of us, be that literature, music, the output of scientific research, educational material or public sector information -- is fundamental to a healthy society. The essays range 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 book is essential reading for anyone interested in the current debate about copyright and the Internet. It opens up discussion and offers practical solutions to the difficult question of the regulation of culture at the digital age.
free text keywords: copyright, public domain, metadata, libraries, digital rights, digital information, digital commons, rights management, open access, research commons, science commons, scientific commons, commons, registries, [SHS.DROIT]Humanities and Social Sciences/Law, [SHS.INFO]Humanities and Social Sciences/Library and information sciences, [INFO.INFO-DL]Computer Science [cs]/Digital Libraries [cs.DL]
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