Help with Program for Ethical Public Domain
- I ask for our help with a workshop that I am organizing in Vilnius,
Lithuania on Monday, March 31, 2008 called Ethical Public Domain: Debate
of Questionable Practices. We need help with discussion and debate on
the topics below. Please write to our groups and we may share your
thoughts. Also, I invite us to join the website
http://www.ethicalpublicdomain.org We will have ten guests from Kenya -
Kennedy Owino and the Nafsi Afrika acrobats and drummers - and also
about ten Minciu Sodas guests from Europe, and more from Lithuania. So
this will be our largest meeting so far I think, even larger than
Nakuru! I invite our thoughts on what we might accomplish. And thank
you for sharing news about our event with our link
http://www.ethicalpublicdomain.org Andrius, ms@...
Thank you to all who have joined our website
http://www.ethicalpublicdomain.org which is how we register for our
COMMUNIA workshop in Vilnius, March 31, 2008, Ethical Public Domain:
Debate of Questionable Practices, and also how we are preparing online
even if we can't attend in person.
We've made some progress in preparing for the debates, but we still need
quite a bit more help these next few days. Please, if you can, submit a
draft of your one-page paper by Wednesday if you would like to debate a
questionable practice. That will help us organize the debates.
Here are the topics that we have so far, and the help we need. Note
that in every case we need opponents and judges. I look for all of us
to help in some capacity!
Stef J van Gompel and Andrew Cranfield are both planning to write
one-page statements to critique the European Commission's (DG Internal
Market) intention to bring forward a proposal to extend the term of
protection for related rights in phonograms (sound recordings) from 50
years to 95 years. Please do so! and we will look for somebody here in
Lithuania to debate you.
Didzis Veinbergs of Latvia is starting a business as a publisher of
Latvian literature in the Public Domain. He has written a critique of
existing practices where Public Domain classics are nevertheless guarded
by copyright. Thomas Chepaitis is looking for a Lithuanian publisher
of classics to debate with him.
Maria Agnese Giraudo, a research librarian in Italy who travels
regularly to Africa, is preparing a critique on intellectual property
rights and the developing world. I ask Pamela McLean of the UK and
Surya Prakash Vinjamuri of India to also write something for this topic.
Human Rights Commissions:
Eric Wanjamah is a student in Sweden from Kenya. He is concerned that
Kenya be an equitable and just society. "Addressing historical
injustices will require that the ills committed be told to the public,
that all classified information in the form of commissions of inquiries
and reports be made public domain." We will try to find for him
participants in Lithuania's investigation of Soviet and Nazi atrocities.
Video Bridge Services:
Franz Nahrada of Austria is a leader in the "global villages" movement
whereby villages are reinvigorated as centers of knowledge and
learning. He is asking telecoms to provide video bridge equipment
free-of-charge to community centers that sign up for video bridge
service, much like they provide DSL modems free-of-charge to DSL service
subscribers. Franz will join us by video bridge and debate with a
Fred Kayiwa is a student in Kampala, Uganda, a fantastic online social
networker who is interested in starting an Internet cafe. He is
concerned that youth are often represented by people in their thirties
and forties. Indeed, does existing copyright law make sense for
creative works by children and youth? What does it say that so many
important copyrights in film and music are works geared towards children
and youth, and derivative of youth culture? Benoit Couture has also
contributed related ideas about the weakness of our collective
Creative Commons (?):
Prodromo Tsiavos, could you write a short, gentle, one-page critique of
the Creative Commons with emphasis of where you would like to see it
go? That would make an excellent debate and discussion.
John Hendrik Weitzmann urged that COMMUNIA stay neutral with regard to
the Public Domain. John, might you elaborate your thoughts in a page or
so? That could be a good subject for us to debate. Another issue is
the license used by the COMMUNIA website http://www.communia-project.eu
, which currently is the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike.
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ Would anybody like to
suggest a different license? The Share Alike provision, in my
understanding, clashes with the Public Domain when they are used
together in derivative works.
Shortening Copyright Terms
Sasha Mrkailo is interested to present ideas in favor of shortening
copyright terms, especially drawing on ideas from Michael Hart's papers.
Memory of Institutions:
András Galambosi has raised several questions about cultural heritage
preservation. András, could you write a one-page critique of a
Would somebody like to present a critique of a related practice?
Markus Petz said he would contribute a one-page paper. That would be great.
We also have several topics that have arisen in Lithuania. In various
topics I note tensions that relate to the public sphere, sharing, the
commons, and in one way or another, the Public Domain. These tensions
can call into question the legal system, the nation-state, the economic
system and the many foundations of our civilization that come together
in copyright law.
Jolita Malinauskaite teaches law. She is organizing a conference in
Lithuania on the subject of plagiarism. Quite a few professors have
been passing off their students' work as their own!
Nationalism and Minorities:
We have had a discussion in Lithuanian at Minciu Sodas about the balance
between national and minority cultures. How does one foster a culture?
Religious Practices in Public Spaces:
We have had discussion in Lithuanian on whether it is appropriate for
public spaces to be used for structures (such as labyrinths) that may or
may not have negative impact on the spiritual surroundings.
Alcohol, Drugs and Advertisement:
We have an active movement to limit television broadcast of alcohol
advertisements and a fierce campaign by the alcohol industry to overturn
More? My plan is to focus on the ten debates that are best prepared,
but have spaces to do more, as needed.
Here are people who have signed up at our website
http://www.ethicalpublicdomain.org that they will come:
Christopher Brosch (eear.eu), Caroline (fundp.ac.be), Maria Iglesias
(fundp.ac.be), Patricia (creativecommons.org), Michelle
(creativecommons.org), Ruth Inigo (upc.edu), Anna Rovira (upc.edu),
Tomislav Medak, Prodromos Tsiavo (lse.ac.uk), Georg Pleger (pleger.at),
Nuria Rodriguez Murillo (beuc.eu), Tinah Nandako, Andrew Cranfield
People who have said they are coming to Vilnius but have not yet signed
up for our website http://www.ethicalpublicdomain.org Please do so!
Ignasi Labastida, Paul Keller, Klaas Schmidt, Maja Lubarda, Daniele
Bourcier and a French colleague, Stefjvan Gompel, Juan Carlos De Martin
Participants from Minciu Sodas who are coming:
Markus Petz, Didzis Veinbergs, Vygantas Vejas, Maria Agnese Giraudo,
Zenonas Anusauskas, Pamela McLean, Theresa Bakalarz, Eric Wanjamah,
Jolita Malinauskaite, Kennedy Owino and the Nafsi Afrika acrobats and
drummers, and more from Lithuania.
and not coming but participating:
Franz Nahrada, Surya Prakash Vinjamuri, Fred Kayiwa
I look forward to our working together in Vilnius at our workshop!
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