Explore the events Knowledge Rights 21 is organising and taking part in.

Upcoming

PUBLISHING CONTRACTS IN RESEARCH: LEGAL CONCEPTS AND CURRENT ISSUES

Webinar, 28 May 2024, 09:30-12:30 CEST

Ophélie Wang, KR21’s national coordinator for France, organises a webinar to educate researchers and information professionals on the legal aspects around scientific publishing, and more specifically open access publishing, and to provide them with tools to help them in this area.

Read more and register here!

SEMINAR ON TEXT AND DATA MINING AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Conference (+ live-stream), 14 June 2024, 11:00-16:00 CEST

On 14 June, Wikimedia Sverige, the Swedish Library Association, and the Institute of Intellectual Property and Market Law, Stockholm University, in collaboration with Knowledge Rights 21, are hosting a seminar focusing on Text and Data Mining (TDM) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Aula Magna, Stockholm University.

You can join either in-person or online. Please mark the date in your calendar, and hopefully, we will see you in June!

Read more here!

Past events & activities

THE EUROPEAN EBOOK ECOLOGY – A VIEW FROM AUTHORS AND AN UPDATE ON EBOOK DEVELOPMENTS IN SPAIN AND GERMANY

Webinar, 12 April 2024, 14:30 -16:00 CEST / 13:30-15:00 BST

Watch this in-depth conversation about eBook markets, eLending, and library access to digital books to:

  • understand why authors care about access to eBooks through libraries (Authors Alliance)
  • learn about the latest eBook research in Spain and its broader implications (FESABID)
  • get up to speed on where we stand on the ambitions of the German coalition agreement (Gesellschaft für Freiheitsrechte, GFF)

Read more here!


WEBINAR ON THE SWEDISH REPORT ON THE PUBLIC COPYRIGHT INQUIRY

Webinar, 7 March 2024, 12:00-13:00 CET

On 7 March, Wikimedia Sverige and Sveriges Television (SVT) examined the proposals in the recent public inquiry report that looks into possible changes to exceptions and limitations in Swedish copyright law. Eric Luth (KR21’s national coordinator & Wikimedia Sverige) and Rebecca Barzegar (SVT) explored how these can affect you and your organisation. This effort was organised in collaboration with the Swedish digital rights organisation DFRI (Föreningen för Digitala Fri- och Rättigheter) and with the support of KR21.

Read more here!


OPTIONS FOR MAKING THE EU COPYRIGHT & DATA LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY FRAMEWORK BETTER FIT FOR RESEARCH

Webinar, 26 February 2024, 09:00-14:30 CET

KR21 and project partner LIBER spoke at this webinar hosted by the European Commission. See our key messages.

This event, organised by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), aimed to present and discuss the findings of a study into the effects of the EU copyright framework on research and the impact of potential interventions.

Read more here!


NORMALISING OPEN NORMS? FINDINGS FROM THE CIPPM STUDY ON EXPERIENCES OF IMPLEMENTING FLEXIBLE COPYRIGHT EXCEPTIONS AROUND THE WORLD

Webinar, 15 February 2024, 14:00-15h30 CET / 13:00-14:30 GMT

What if we took a different approach to the copyright rules that determine what researchers, educators, learners and the libraries that support them can do? Watch this webinar to find out about the results of cutting-edge research into global experiences of adopting open norms around the world.

An “open norm” refers to a “general, flexible exception” to copyright law and this presentation outlines the conclusions, findings and recommendations from the Open Norms project funded by Knowledge Rights 21 and conducted by researchers in the Centre for Intellectual Property, Policy & Management (CIPPM) at Bournemouth University.

Read more here!


KR21/ODIPI WEBINAR SERIES ON COPYRIGHT LAW

Webinar series, running from 23 January to 6 February 2024

Join the KR21/ODIPI webinar series on copyright law!

The Slovenian Open Data and Intellectual Property Institute (ODIPI) organises a series of webinars under their initiative: ‘Increase Knowledge to Increase Action‘, supported by Knowledge Rights 21.

These free webinars are tailored for experts and enthusiasts in the field of copyright law, particularly those in research, educational institutions, and cultural heritage sectors, including libraries, archives, museums, and galleries.

Get ready to deepen your understanding of copyright law with these informative and complimentary webinars. Each session will explore different aspects of copyright law, providing you with the knowledge to navigate the challenges in your professional field. Conducted in English, they are designed to cater to a diverse, international audience.

The webinar schedule:

  • 23 January (14:00 CET) | Copyright Basics
  • 23 January (15:30 CET) | The International Copyright Framework
  • 30 January (14:00 CET) | Exceptions and Limitations of Copyright and Public Domain
  • 30 January (15:30 CET) | Copyright Management, Including Open Licenses
  • 6 February (15:30 CET) | Selected Current Topics in Copyright (covering text and data mining [TDM], generative AI, the copyright-legal framework of open science)

NEW LEGISLATIVE DEVELOPMENTS IN SUPPORT OF OPEN SCIENCE – BULGARIA AND SLOVENIA

Webinar, 29 January 2024, 13:00-14:00 CET

Watch this webinar that discusses exciting new legislative developments in Bulgaria and Slovenia to support Open Science. Joining the growing number of countries that are adopting laws to ensure access to publicly funded research, the event explores, with the help of our national coordinators Dr Maja Bogataj Jančič (Slovenia and Western Balkans region) and Dr Ana Lazarova (Bulgaria), the following themes:

  • How intellectual property barriers to open access are being overcome;
  • How good governmental strategy can promote open science;
  • Provide insights into the Slovenian law, which requires immediate open access and licensing of majority publicly funded  materials based on legal requirements mandating rights retention; and,
  • Examine the new law in Bulgaria, which prevents contracts with publishers from overriding rights retention and the republication of publicly funded articles in open access repositories.

Read more here!


PRESENTATION AND ANALYSIS OF THE SWEDISH REPORT ON COPYRIGHT LIMITATIONS

In-person, 25 January 2024, 15:00-18:00 CET

Eric Luth, KR21’s Swedish national coordinator, participates in this event of the Swedish Copyright Society (Svenska föreningen för upphovsrätt, SFU), discussing the review report on the national Copyright Act.

Read more here!


BOBCATSSS 2024

In-person, 23 January 2024 (17h15-18h30 GMT)

KR21 joins BOBCATSSS, the annual conference for library students and library and information science teachers, held this year in Coimbra, Portugal. KR21’s Stephen Wyber will motivate the participants to get involved in and raise awareness about library copyright advocacy. Join our presentation entitled ‘Aux armes, librarians! Why and how access to knowledge advocacy should form part of every librarian’s mission‘. (session C1 – 21st Century Skills and Information Profession). Check out the full programme.


THE RIGHT TO RESEARCH – IL DIRITTO ALLA RICERCANUOVE FRONTIERE E PROFILI EVOLUTIVI DEL DIRITTO D’AUTORE

Conference (+ live-stream), 19 December 2023, 09:00-14:00 CET

KR21 is proud to support this national event driven by our Italian coordinator, Deborah De Angelis, that will focus on the right to research, secondary publishing rights and rights retention. If you master the Italian language, we invite you to join us at the Biblioteca Vallicelliana (Rome) or remotely. See the programme.


HARMONISING ZERO EMBARGO INITIATIVES: CHALLENGES IN EUROPE AND BEYOND

Webinar, 14 November 2023, 16:30 CET

Watch this webinar that takes a deep dive into the prospect of a zero embargo model by:

  • exploring initiatives and barriers to harmonise secondary publishing rights (SPR) legislation;
  • examining how SPR legislation can go from a national to an international level so that publicly funded research output will be shared openly and without any embargo period; and,
  • providing insights on how SPR can enable the immediate access to research findings, the course of action needed to get there, and identify which stakeholders must act.

 Read more here!


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

SPARC Europe organised this webinar on rights retention in the framework of the Retain project as part of the Knowledge Rights 21 programme. The event aimed to empower institutions with the knowledge to craft frameworks for authors’ rights retention, facilitating legal Open Access (OA) publishing. It offered 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. The webinar presented findings and recommendations from SPARC Europe’s report: ‘Opening Knowledge: Retaining Rights and Open Licensing in Europe’Read more here!


4TH OPEN KNOWLEDGE DAY IN SLOVENIA

Conference (+ live-stream), 17 October 2023

Knowledge Rights 21 is the proud supporter of the fourth Open Knowledge Day in Slovenia on 17 October. The event brings together experts from across Europe focussing on two topics: (1) the legal basis for data analytics and (2) open science in theory and practice. This effort is organised by the Institute for Open Data and Intellectual Property (ODIPI), led by Dr Maja Bogataj Jančič, KR21’s national coordination for Slovenia and regional coordinator for the Western Balkans. On 18 October, an in-person special workshop in English is being organised for researchers from the KR21 Researchers Network for the Western Balkans. Read more here!


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.


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!


BIBLIOCON 2023

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.


EBLIDA CONFERENCE

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

Photo: Matthew Hurst, CC-BY-SA 2.0: bit.ly/3ex7T06

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 groupsstudents 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. 

Panellists:

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

Recording available here


BOOK DIGITISATION, ONLINE ACCESS AND LENDING: WHAT INFRASTRUCTURE IS NEEDED FOR SUCCESS?

Photo by Chris Briggs on Unsplash https://unsplash.com/photos/ZjmKvH9pBrM

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.

Speakers:

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

Recording available HERE


ICEPOPS 2022

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

Online

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.


PUBMET 2022

Zadar, Croatia

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

Online

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.


LIBER-Odense-2022

LIBER Annual Conference 2022

Odense, Denmark

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.



BID

8th German Library Congress in Leipzig

Leipzig, Germany

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.