Take a look at our first webinar, and other events Knowledge Rights 21 is taking part in.
SLOVENIAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
Conference, 22 September 2023
Knowledge Rights 21 will be engaging colleagues in from Slovenia and across the region at the annual conference of the Slovenian Library Association, held in Maribor, Slovenia. With the conference as a whole focused on the issue of proactivity in libraries, our session (on the morning of 22 September) will share why, and how, all librarians can be involved in the drive for the right copyright laws and policies for library users.
RIGHTS RETENTION. BE THE NEXT MOVER! HOW TO IMPLEMENT A POLICY SUPPORTING RIGHTS RETENTION AND OPEN LICENSING IN YOUR INSTITUTION
Webinar, 19 October 2023, 15:30-17:00 CEST
Join this webinar on rights retention organised by SPARC in the framework of the Retain project as part of the Knowledge Rights 21 programme. This webinar aims to empower institutions with the knowledge to craft frameworks for authors’ rights retention, facilitating legal Open Access (OA) publishing. The event offers a unique opportunity to compare and contrast rights retention (RR) and open licensing (OL) policies from different countries, shedding light on diverse approaches and their implications. It will present findings and recommendations from SPARC Europe’s report: ‘Opening Knowledge: Retaining Rights and Open Licensing in Europe’. Register here!
Past events & activities
ACCESS TO KNOWLEDGE – A MATTER OF EQUITY
Webinar, 19 September 2023, 14:00-15:00 CEST
Watch this webinar to hear about the Knowledge Equity Network (KEN) a new international initiative committed to reducing inequalities through increased access to knowledge. During this event we notably looked at how the Declaration on Knowledge Equity supports the cause for open access to knowledge, linking this in particular to the focus of the work of Knowledge Rights 21 on regulatory reform to benefit education and research. The session featured contributions from: Masud Khokhar (University of Leeds / Research Libraries UK), Antonio Martínez-Arboleda (KEN), and Martine Pronk (LIBER Europe). Read more here!
CREATE ELENDING WORKSHOP: ACCESS TO DIGITAL KNOWLEDGE IN THE GLOBAL LIBRARY
In-person event (Advanced Research Centre, University of Glasgow, UK), 19 July 2023, 14:30-18:15 BST
KR21 project partner CREATe (University of Glasgow) organises a workshop on eLending and access to digital knowledge in the fringes of Icepops 2023, the ‘International Copyright-Literacy Event with Playful Opportunities for Practitioners and Scholars’. In a first panel, Matteo Frigeri (University of Glasgow), Konrad Gliściński (Centrum Cyfrowe), and Rebecca Giblin (University of Melbourne) will discuss the law and economics of eLending. A second panel, moderated by Jennie Rose Halperin (Library Futures), will explore where we are now and what the perspectives are on access to digital knowledge with Kyle Courtney (Harvard University) and Dan Gilbert (Monash University). This event is free and open to all but seats are limited. The event concludes with a wine reception and a performance by the Salon Orchester Glasgow. This 10-piece salon orchestra will treat the guests to music with a unique copyright back-story. Read more here!
LIBER CONFERENCE 2023
In-person event (Budapest, Hungary), 5-7 July 2023
Knowledge Rights 21 will be at the LIBER Conference 2023, running a workshop discussing the tools available to support people in the library and knowledge sector to secure the laws we need to work most effective. Participants will find out about the research and outputs that they can draw on, as well as sharing practical experiences and ideas about how to ensure that access to research, education and culture are the policy priority that they should be. Read more here!
OPEN KNOWLEDGE DAY: COPYRIGHT-LEGAL BASIS FOR TRAINING GENERATIVE AI MODELS
Webinar, 23 June 2023, 10:00-12:30 CET
As part of its work with Knowledge Rights 21, the Institute for Open Data and Intellectual Property (ODIPI) is organizing a webinar on the copyright exception for text and data mining in the EU and the Balkan region. Special emphasis will be placed on the exceptions for text and data mining, which are the legal basis for training generative AI models on copyrighted works, and also on the general exception for scientific research. Among the speakers, Silvia Bottaro, from the European Commission’s DG RTD, who will present the EU legislative framework. Read more here!
SWEDISH LIBRARY DAYS 2023
Hybrid event (Online & Linkoping, Sweden), 24-25 May 2023
This year’s Swedish Library Days focus on the question of whether libraries are able to be as open as we want them to be. Covering issues around democracy, freedom of speech, scholarly communication and copyright, it brings together speakers from Sweden and internationally to take stock and identify issues and priorities for the future. Knowledge Rights 21 will be talking about how vital it is to advocate around copyright issues, and how to get involved. Read more here!
Hybrid event (Online & Hannover, Germany), 23-26 May 2023
Bibliocon brings together the whole of the German library field for a wide-ranging conference touching on a wide range of professional and pratical issues. Knowledge Rights 21 is proud to have been invited to take part in the session organised by the German Library Association’s Legal Commission, at 9am on 26 May, in order to talk about the need for a reset in the way we think about supporting research in law. Read more here!
LIBRARIES AND ARCHIVES OF THE FUTURE: COPYRIGHT EMPOWERING PUBLIC MISSION OF CULTURE
Hybrid event (Online & Jagiellonian Library – Kraków, Poland), 22 May 2023, 09:00-17:15 CET
This international conference, organised by Centrum Cyfrowe with support of KR21, will offer space for discussion on regulations that will enable Polish and European libraries and archives to fully use their potential to operate in the digital environment efficiently and strengthen cooperation with universities, research organisations and civil society representatives. The event will take place in a hybrid mode in Polish and English, with both on site and online simultaneous translation offered to participants. For in-person attendance the registration deadline is 10 May 2023, whereas for online attendance registration there is no deadline. Read more here.
ENABLING THE REUSE OF SCHOLARLY PUBLICATIONS: MODUS OPERANDI ET MODUS DESIDERANDI
Webinar, 4 May 2023, 16:30-18:00 CET
Watch this webinar in order to hear the findings from two projects taking place within KR21 – Project Zero (focused on Secondary Publishing Rights) and Project Retain (focused on Rights Retention and Open Licensing). Read more here.
OPEN SCIENCE & AI: A UK POLICY DISCUSSION
London, 25th April 2023, 9:30 GMT
In association with CILIP, the library and information association and RLUK, Research Libraries UK, Knowledge Rights 21 hosted a one day conference in London to discuss the latest policy developments around Open Science, AI, as well as broader issues of long term sustainable access to digital knowledge, and what is needed to take things further. Read more here.
FLEXIBLE COPYRIGHT EXCEPTIONS II – WHAT CAN WE IN EUROPE LEARN FROM THE US?
Webinar, 21 April 2023, 16:00-17:30 CET
This second of our webinars (see our first webinar here) on open norms brings together legal practitioners from the United States and will focus on “Fair Use” – an open principle-based copyright exception. The webinar aims to understand how fair use supports education, research and technological advancement in ways the inflexible European copyright systems cannot. Read more here.
Event, 18-19 April 2023, Luxembourg
KR21 National Coordinator for the Netherlands, Maarten Zeinstra, will speak on behalf of the Programme at the 31st EBLIDA Conference 2023, hosted by the National Library of Luxembourg. He will join a session focused on eLending, exploring the value of backstop provisions in law to facilitate constructive discussions between libraries and publishers. Read more here.
SERBIAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
Event, 14-16 December 2022, Belgrade
The Knowledge Rights 21 Programme joined a panel on the final day of this conference, which engaged librarians not just in Serbia, but across countries in the region. We talked about why the Programme exists, what we’re doing, and how they can get involved! Check out our presentation here.
OPEN SCIENCE MEETINGS, JAGIELLONIAN UNIVERSITY
Poland, 2 December 2022, 12:00 CET
Professor Konrad Gliscinski, lead researcher in our work package on Secure Digital Lending will be talking about this research to an audience of students and academics at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, on 2 December 2022. More on the university website!
WEBINAR: HOW DO WE FIX EBOOK MARKETS? A DISCUSSION ON THE FUTURE OF LIBRARIES AND AUTHORSHIP
21 November 2022, 14:00 – 15:30 CET
Keywords: copyright, eBooks, licensing
In the majority of cases libraries no longer own their eBook collections – and unless there is much needed reform they never will. As publishers have abandoned copyright law in favour of choosing whether to lease digital content to libraries (or not), age-old practices undertaken in the public interest are brought into question. These include important activities such as common access irrespective of an individual’s financial position, collection development, teaching, preservation and cultural heritage.
When books are not available to readers from libraries, authorship is also undermined. Libraries are places that encourage reading, research and intellectual exploration, and less access to materials from libraries impacts on an author’s capacity to create new works and for their works to be discovered. Moreover, they will have no guarantee that their own works will be available to new readers when publishers no longer find them commercially viable to keep “in print” on eBook platforms.
Recently, John Wiley & Sons made headlines internationally when it abruptly removed over 1,300 ebooks from academic library collections just as the new academic year was starting. This created extra costs for students, libraries and educators as they hurriedly tried to reconfigure reading lists and teaching plans as well as purchase replacement titles. Unsurprisingly the disruption Wiley caused universities was widely condemned by library groups, students and authors alike.
In the face of widespread pressure, at the start of October, Wiley made headlines again when it announced it was restoring access, but only until June 2023. While a welcome respite from one publisher, this however changes little as high pricing, refusal to license, bundling, removal of titles with no notice and other issues remain the norm for eBook markets.
This webinar discussed the eBook crisis libraries, educators and authors face with international thought leaders in the sector. Exploring the many issues that have arisen as collections are increasingly leased and not owned, the session took the form of a wide-ranging interview and discussion with our panelists.
Caroline Ball Co-founder of eBookSOS / Academic Librarian, University of Derby / Trustee, WikimediaUK
Mikkel Christoffersen Chief Consultant, Copenhagen Libraries
Dave Hansen Executive Director, Authors Alliance
Cathal McCauley President of the Library Association of Ireland / University Librarian, Maynooth University
BOOK DIGITISATION, ONLINE ACCESS AND LENDING: WHAT INFRASTRUCTURE IS NEEDED FOR SUCCESS?
Webinar: 26 October 2022, 14:00 – 15:30 UTC
Keywords: Software, Digital Infrastructure, Digitisation, Workflows
This webinar brought together practitioners from the California Institute of Technology, Boston Public Library and Project ReShare, and will focus on the library workflows, software and infrastructures involved in digitising books and providing access to patrons.
The internet has revolutionised how libraries and their users can access books. Project Gutenberg, started in 1971, is one of the world’s largest online repositories of public domain eBooks. 2019 copyright reforms in Europe now allow for the mass digitisation and access to out-of-commerce and never-in-commerce works including books. Libraries in North America in particular are digitising titles in their collections to create eBooks for lending.
While much of the discussion in America is around digital lending currently and the Internet Archive’s Open Library, a more immediate question for many libraries in Europe is the practicality of digitising books and giving access. These may be public domain materials or in-copyright titles, and involve reforms around out of commerce works or lending under national laws in the light of the Court of Justice of the European Union eBook ruling VOB v Stichting Leenrecht.
Amongst other things, the webinar will include a discussion of secure digital lending technologies that ensure no more copies of copyrighted works are provided to library patrons than are owned by the library in physical form. It provides a better idea of how libraries can put in place infrastructures and workflows to support access to digital content and collections.
Tommy Keswick: Digital Technologies Development Librarian. California Institute of Technology.
David Leonard: President. Boston Public Library.
Allen Jones: Director of Digital Libraries & Technical Services. The New School
Jennie Rose Halperin: Executive Director, Library Futures
Oxford, United Kingdom
Date: 8 September 2022
This annual conference focuses on sharing ideas on how best to teach about copyright, giving people the confidence to help others navigate the topic without fear or confusion. Knowledge Rights 21 will be there, talking about the importance of teaching copyright in a way that enables people to become advocates for copyright reform, and encouraging others to join in this effort. Find out more on the conference website.
Repair & Copyright: Overcoming the invisible barriers to repair
Date: 14 September 2022
As our devices get smarter, barriers to repair have gone beyond the physical and become increasingly intangible. As our Copyright law can place substantial constraints on users’ rights to disassemble their products and modify computer programmes and other digital works. Independent repairers should not be blocked from carrying repairs by manufacturers’ extended powers. To explore how software and copyright rules are essential in guaranteeing a comprehensive right to repair, join us online on 14 September 2022 from 14:00 to 15:30 CEST. Register here.
Date: 14-16 September 2022
A key event in the Open Access calendar, PubMet brings together practitioners and experts to look at the evolving scholarly communications landscape. A key theme this year is rights retention, which is also one of the key topics addressed by Knowledge Rights 21. We will therefore be present in Zadar, giving a presentation on what KR21 is doing in this space, and welcome the opportunity to engage with participants who want to give involved. Find out more on the conference website.
OASPA Conference 2022
Date: 20-22 September 2022
The Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA) is organising its 2022 conference online, under the theme of going Beyond Open Access. KR21 will present a poster session focused on a key element of this – taking a more proactive approach to research rights in legislation. Dial in to hear about our thinking in this area, and to connect! Find our more on the conference website.
Europeana Conference 2022
Hybrid – The Hague, The Netherlands/Online
Date: 28-29 September 2022
Under the theme Making Digital Culture Count, the 2022 Europeana conference will bring people together, in person and online, in order to explore what the full realisation of the potential of digital in culture looks like. KR21 will lead a session focused on the merits of a more flexible approach to copyright laws through open norms as a key ingredient of this, ensuring that laws adapt to technology and practice. Join us there in order to learn more and about how to get involved! Find out more on the conference website.
Date: 6-8 July 2022
Ben White (Co-Chair of the Policy Committee of KR21) held a workshop on: “The eBook dilemma: copyright, licencing and digital lending in libraries.”
The workshop was designed jointly by the reCreating Europe and Knowledge Rights 21 projects, and shared findings and observations on the topic of copyright and eBooks. The first part of the workshop briefly illustrated the copyright framework that is relevant to libraries and users, with a specific focus on EU and national copyright rules concerning public lending and the preservation of cultural heritage, and prepared the audience for the second part of the workshop. The second part of the workshop was lead by Knowledge Rights 21 and focused on the issues that face educational libraries regarding eBooks, and what can be done about it.
Date: 19 May 2022 14:00-16:00 pm CET
Date: 31 May – 2 June 2022
KR21 was present in the Freiraum space at the German Library Congress, and gave an overview of the Knowledge Rights 21 Programme and the opportunities that it offers libraries and library associations to build capacity and support the achievement of reforms to policies and laws.