Introduction

Abstract : In a context of extension of copyright duration and scope, the public domain is at risk, and with it, the vibrant expression of our culture and democracies. A group of academic and think-tank researchers, librarians, government representatives, museum curators, copyright and human rights activists, information technology entrepreneurs and non-profits worked between 2007 and 2011 to understand the notion of the public domain. Often lacking a positive definition, this concept has been poorly represented in the public debate. The political scene, since the expansion of the Internet in the last couple of decades, has been giving a larger space to concepts of piracy, cybercriminality, technical protection, lawsuits and internet filtering, forgetting that lawful and peaceful creative activities can only take place if an unregulated space remains available around copyright protection.
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Melanie Dulong de Rosnay, Juan Carlos De Martin. The Digital Public Domain: Foundations for an Open Culture, Open Book Publishers, pp.xv-xviii, 2012


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Melanie Dulong de Rosnay, Juan Carlos De Martin. Introduction. Melanie Dulong de Rosnay, Juan Carlos De Martin. The Digital Public Domain: Foundations for an Open Culture, Open Book Publishers, pp.xv-xviii, 2012. <halshs-00726961>

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