Since 2018, the Lithuanian Council for Culture has been managing the funding programme "Protection of Copyright and Related Rights", under which the projects implementing the following activities are funded:
1. Creation, installation and adaptation of online platforms, websites and other online means providing the public with legal access to works of literature, science and art. In addition, activities contributing to the creation of a platform which is convenient to the users and encompasses content of various creative fields.
2. Creation and development of publicly accessible databases where information on literature, science and art works, subjects of related rights, rights' holders and management, and legal use of the works is collected and organised.
3. Creation and implementation of new modern collective-administration solutions and licensing models for copyright and related rights as well as creation and support of the systems for identifying and monitoring the use of works and the related rights' objects.
4. Cooperation between the providers of information society services and the copyright and related rights administration organisations in order to ensure the protection of the copyrights and related rights used online by applying online content recognition technologies and receiving information on the content used online with the aim of achieving more effective interoperability between the databases managed by collective-administration organisations and other databases.
5. Organisation of international and national scientific conferences and seminars on the topics of intellectual property at higher-education institutions (universities and colleges), as well as execution of scientific research or studies to solve relevant issues of implementing and protecting copyrights and related rights.
6. Preparation and implementation of educational activities on the topics of copyright and related rights at educational institutions and mass events.
7. Creation and publishing in the media of analytical and educational articles, radio and TV shows, video clips and other means of public information which promote legal use of the works along with respect for intellectual property and condemn illegal use of the works.
8. Various other innovative projects on the topic of copyright protection.
A total of 38 projects (including various internet platforms for cultural content, databases and educational initiatives) were financed through the program during the period of 2018-2019.
In 2018, USD 417 000 was allocated to fund the projects in the programme. In 2019, the funding amounted to USD 378 200.