Science Europe is disappointed that the European Parliament did not sufficiently improve the far too restrictive proposal by the European Commission for text and data mining in Article 3 of the new Directive on Copyright, in today’s plenary vote.
Researchers who use cutting-edge digital technologies such as text and data mining (TDM) need to be able to do so without legal uncertainties even when working in collaborative projects with private partners. Science Europe worked to ensure that the new European copyright legislation takes their needs into account.
Why does copyright matter for research?
European copyright law needs to be harmonised and adapted to modern technologies in order to support researchers who use cutting-edge digital technologies and collaborate internationally. Especially important is the ability to use text and data mining (TDM) techniques without being faced with legal uncertainties, in particular for researchers that work in collaborative projects with private partners.
What were Science Europe’s priorities?
In its September 2016 proposal for a revised Copyright Directive the European Commission included a copyright exception for large-scale digital analysis of data by research institutions, known as TDM. Science Europe advocated this proposed TDM exception to be extended to include commercial entities, as in a modern research environment, scientists frequently collaborate with commercial partners and the same rights need to apply to them.
What did Science Europe do to achieve these aims?
Science Europe closely followed the discussions around the copyright revision and, together with other stakeholders from the research community, advocated changes in the Directive. Efforts such as joint statements, open letters, and face-to-face meetings with political decision-makers successfully led to the introduction of amendments to the Directive text creating a broader TDM exception.
This open letter, signed by the European Research and Innovation community, calls on Members of the European Parliament and the Council to secure Europe’s leadership in the data economy by revising the Text and Data Mining (TDM) exception in the draft of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. It calls for the TDM exception to apply to any person that has legal access to the content to help the European data economy grow, foster innovation, and encourage entrepreneurship.
This open letter issued by the international research community calls on Members of the European Parliament to halt the adoption of harmful provisions found in the current draft of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, which could threaten Open Access and Open Science.
LIBER Europe, CESAER, EUA, LERU, and Science Europe — who together represent hundreds of universities, libraries, and research funding and performing organisations — call on Members of the European Parliament to modify the current EU copyright reform proposal. Amendments in five main areas of the proposal are critical if Europe wants to be at the forefront of a prosperous and growing digital society. Europe must take the lead to develop legislative frameworks that allow fair dissemination, access to, sharing and use of available knowledge.
Text and data mining (TDM) is hugely important for science as it can facilitate better research and the free flow of knowledge across borders. This report urges policy-makers to update the legal framework in the context of the upcoming EU copyright reform in order to allow TDM for commercial and non-commercial means, and also to clarify the legal position surrounding it.
Text and Data Mining (TDM) helps the analysis and extraction of new insights and knowledge from vast amount of digitally-available content. It offers great potential for research, but also for the economy and society as a whole since it enables innovation. This paper gives an overview of some of the legal hurdles faced by researchers using TDM practices, flags possible action lines for research organisations, and calls for a more science-friendly EU copyright law.