This time I am sending to you a new post that may be of your interest: The Digital Closing of the Public Domain (http://blogs.cccb.org/lab/en/article_el-tancament-digital-del-domini-public/) by Ignasi Labastida. In recent times, the media often reports on initiatives to digitalise works from the collections of museums, libraries and archives. The main objective of these initiatives is to disseminate the works and provide access to them, and perhaps also to attract visitors to the cultural centres. But while they appear to be a good idea, these initiatives sometimes pose a paradox in which opening up the works actually leads to closing or limiting their use. These cultural institutions often hide something: most of the works that they offer are already in the public domain, and as such they can be freely used. Nonetheless, certain conditions that restrict free use are imposed when they are digitalised. Is this a new way of closing the public domain? Debate is open!
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