Public Domain Day

21 Feb 2020 | Brussel

The public domain is the collection of all creative works that are not subject to exclusive intellectual ownership rights. These rights might have expired, or been relinquished or explicitly declined by the author, or they might simply not be applicable. For example, works by painter James Ensor, writers Maurice Maeterlinck and Klaus Mann, designer and architect Aino Aalto, and composer Richard Strauss all entered the public domain this year. It’s ideal content for your open data policy, which facilitates its re-use.

Masterclass Publiek Domein 2019 (NL), Sebastiaan ter Burg, CC BY 2.0.

Masterclass Publiek Domein 2019 (NL), Sebastiaan ter Burg, CC BY 2.0.

We want to help, and we’ll soon be shining a spotlight on the public domain in Belgium. The aim is to ensure our shared heritage is and remains freely accessible.

We at PACKED/VIAA are joining forces with the Royal Library of Belgium to organise a special study day in Brussels on 21 February – in support of Public Domain Day. Do you want to improve your knowledge and share your experiences about the Public Domain? Or see the results of the Wiki Loves Heritage photography competition?

A detailed programme will follow. The event will be held in English.

When: Friday 21 February 2020, 14:00 - 16:30.
Location: The Royal Library of Belgium, Royal Sky Room I, Kunstberg, 1000 Brussels.

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