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Public Domain and Intellectual Property

vendredi 10 mars 2006, par anass

What is the "public domain" ? Does it refer to the ownership of material goods, which are public property, intended for the direct use of the community and not liable to appropriation in the private context ? Or is the public domain confined to the way the concept has developed in intellectual property law, or more specifically in copyright law - is it the conditions under which a literary or artistic work has ceased, upon expiration of a certain period of time, determined by law, to give rise to certain exploitation rights for its author, and therefore the work can be exploited by anyone free of charge ? Does the term "public domain" have an informal and colloquial use, to indicate information that is publicly available without getting into the legal niceties of whether or not it is also subject to copyright ? The answer to these questions is obviously a complex one - the concept is evolving with new emerging forms of expression and business models. The latest formal definition, on the international level, is to be found in UNESCO’s Recommendation concerning the Promotion and Use of Multilingualism and Universal Access to Cyberspace (2003).

Source :UNESCO.Bureau of Public Information.Le 30/10/2005.

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