International Coalition Joins Together to Halt Potentially Harmful Copyright Reform

Science Europe is collaborating with an international coalition in an effort to halt the adoption of harmful provisions found in the current draft of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, and certain amendments, which could threaten Open Access and Open Science. The coalition has written an open letter directed at the EU’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI), which was delivered 6 September. In the letter, the coalition urges for the removal of proposals that would restrict access to research and place administrative and legal burdens on institutional repositories. Improvements on proposals related to text and data mining, copyright in an education setting, and preservation and access to works for non-commercial endeavors are also requested.

Original signatories include CESAER, COAR, The Commons Network, Communia Association, Creative Commons, C4C, EBLIDA, EIFL, EUA, Free Knowledge Advocacy Group EU, IFLA, LIBER, RLUK, Science Europe, and SPARC Europe. Read the full open letter here and if your organisation would also like to sign please fill in this form.


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