Directive on Copyright

Science Europe has long called for the modernisation and harmonisation of European copyright law. It needs to better aligned with the needs of researchers and facilitate cross-border collaboration between researchers and research institutions.

The European Commission’s (EC) proposal for a revision of the Copyright Directive was published in September 2016. SE issued a statement shortly afterwards that assessed the positive and negative aspects of this proposal for the research community.

The EC’s proposal foresees a mandatory exception for research institutions to conduct Text and Data Mining (TDM). This exception cannot be overridden by any contractual provisions with publishers or right holders. However, the proposal fails to extend the same TDM rights to commercial entities, which is necessary for the research and innovation ecosystem. The EC definition of the beneficiaries of the TDM exemption is much too restrictive and prevents, rather than encourages, research-based innovation.

Science Europe has actively approached relevant Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to draw their attention to the positive aspects of the proposal that need to be kept and to the negative elements that will require amending during the legislative process in the institutions.

Science Europe is also cooperating with other relevant stakeholders of the research community to give a stronger voice to our concerns.

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