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.

Further Information:

News

(07/11/17) Science Europe calls for simplification in Policy Brief on Public-to-Public Partnerships…read more

(Tallinn, 12 October 2017) The Tallinn Call for Action is released today by the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU. It repeats the recommendation from Science Europe’s July 2017 Position Statement ‘On A New Vision for More Meaningful Research Impact Assessment’. Read more

(26/09/17) European R&I community urgently calls to revise the TDM exception in the copyright reform... read more

(07/09/17) New Symposium Report on impact and the societal value of science... read more

(07/09/17) International coalition joins together to halt potentially harmful copyright reform... read more

Documents

The new Science Europe Policy Brief on Public-to-Public Partnerships (P2Ps) is out now…read more