Copyright concerns us all: Let us jointly find and develop new consensus-based solutions for a modern and fair copyright!

copyright, discussion, platform

The project overview

Area of Science: Social Sciences
Location: independent of location
Used Devices: with PC/Mobile
Equipment of citizen scientists: Device with browser software (PC, tablet, smartphone) and internet access
Activities of citizen scientists: sharing ideas, collecting, sorting, testing online, analysing
Suitable for: Adults
Project duration: 15.07.2017 - 30.06.2019
Time to join in: 01.10.2018 - 30.04.2019
Expenditure of time: Approx. 2h briefing; the individual expenditure of time depends on the individual proactive committment - every contribution to our project is welcome

Project objective

The INTER-ACT project builds upon the Sparkling Science research project "From 'User-Generated-Content' to a 'User-Generated-Copyright'” ( The aim of INTER-ACT is to develop an experimental demonstrator for an electronic interaction and discussion platform, which enables citizens of all stakeholder groups (users, authors, publishers etc.) to participate in drafting and discussing model proposals for copyright regulations. The project follows an interdisciplinary “citizen science approach” combining legal and social sciences methodology.

Against this background, INTER-ACT pursues the following research objectives:

By opening the research process for citizens, INTER-ACT follows a participative approach for developing laws and regulations. Thereby, the project aims at extending previous legal research initiatives that proposed model laws on Intellectual Property (e.g. the WITTEM-Code). The participation of citizens will enable researchers to empirically investigate users’ perceptions of and expectations on copyright law. Furthermore, by involving citizens of all stakeholder groups in the drafting and discussion process, the model regulatory proposals will be drafted in an open, transparent, evidence- and consensus-based process and will not merely be the static end result of a one-time process, but will be dynamically adapted according to the citizens’ participation. Therefore, they will provide the legislator with a dynamic reference framework for creating modern copyright regulations on a broad social consensus. By involving citizen scientists further key objective are to strengthen the citizens’ influence in the legal discourse and, ultimately, to increase copyright awareness.

How to participate?

Citizen scientists can participate proactively in a variety of ways, depending on their knowledge, interest and time budget. The participation in the research process is enabled by an electronic interaction and discussion platform, which is developed by HTL Krems students in the school year 2017/18 as part of their diploma project. The platform will provide an open process for a consensus-based development of model copyright regulations as well as the possibility to discuss and comment on these model regulations. Citizien scientists can participate in the process of developing and discussing the model regulatory proposals and in evaluating these processes.

What happens to the contributions of citizen scientists?

All contributions of citizen scientists in the publicly accessible area of the interaction and discussion platform are part of an interactive, publicly accessible discourse and are subject of the scientific evaluation. Therefore, these contributions are of key importance for the development of model regulations, which should serve as a dynamic reference for the legislator in order to design a modern and well-balanced copyright system. The scientific evaluation builds upon the interaction with all interested citizen scientists as well as on electronic evaluation. Personal information is kept confidential in accordance with the applicable data protection regulations.

Participating and supporting institutions


MMag. Philipp Homar

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