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= a research and policy initiative regarding the digital Public Domain, funded by the European Commission



"COMMUNIA is a project funded by the European Commission, consisting of a network of organisations conducting high-level policy discussion and strategic action on all issues related to the public domain in the digital environment, as well as related topics such as alternative forms of licensing for creative material (including, but not limited to, the Creative Commons licenses), open access to scientific publications and research results, management of works whose authors are unknown (i.e. orphan works).

Such discussion ought to produce policy guidelines that will help all the stakeholders, public and private, from the local to the European level, understand the role of the digital public domain and its potential for economic, technological, scientific progress and for the cultural and democratic development of European societies.

The network will cover almost the whole geographical territory of the European Union as well as neighbouring countries; it will also build strategic relationships with third countries such as the United States, Brazil, where similar policy discussion on the above topics is ongoing.

COMMUNIA is coordinated by the NEXA Research Center for Internet and Society of the Politecnico of Torino; it started its activities on 1 September 2007 and will end on 31 August 2010."