Public Domain in Europe

Rightscom is leading a major analysis of the scope and nature of the public domain in Europe for the European Commission. We will assemble quantitative and qualitative data and produce a methodology for measuring the public domain which can be used and refined for future studies both within Europe and further a field.

The objectives of the report are four fold

  • To estimate the number of works in the public domain in the EU and  calculate approximately the levels and ways of use and main users of published works
  • To estimate the current economic value of public domain works and estimate the value of works that in the next 10-20 years are to be released into the public domain and determine any change in its value whilst under copyright and once it is on the public domain
  • To identify and analyze the current practices for re-use of public domain content held by European cultural institutions and assess their capacity to implement the principles for re-use as established in the Public Secyor Information Directive
  • To identify and analyze current available mechanisms for voluntary sharing of content and to ascertain the pros and cons of each mechanism highlighting the degree of use of the most successful ones and their impact based on relevant indicators.

Rightscom is the lead contractor and project manager liaising closely with the European Commission and coordinating the work of specialists in economics, law and public sector information drawn from across the EC. Our specific research responsibility is to investigate the various voluntary sharing schemes, their pros and cons and levels of use.

The project team includes:

  • Paul Stepan, The Austrian Society for Cultural Economics and Policy Studies (FOKUS)
  • Emanuela Arezzo, senior Research Fellow at Luiss Guido Carli University and member of the IP observatory at Luiss Guido Carli University, Italy
  • Rob Davies, MDR Partners, UK
  • Rufus Pollock, Mead Fellow in Economics at Emmanuel College, Cambridge
  • Tom Rivers, Rivers Consultancy
  • Mikko Välimäki, Turre Legal, Finland
  • Paul Torremans, University of Nottingham, UK

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