Directive on Copyright

European copyright law needs to be modernised and harmonised. It should support the needs of researchers and help them to use cutting-edge digital technologies and collaborate internationally. That is why Science Europe closely accompanies the ongoing Copyright revision and, together with other stakeholders from the research community, advocates amendments that will benefit research to the European institutions.

Exception for Text and Data Mining

The European Commission proposed a revision of the Copyright Directive in 2016. This proposal includes a copyright exception for the large-scale digital analysis of data by research institutions, which is known as Text and Data Mining (TDM).

The proposed TDM exception needs to be extended to include commercial entities, however. In a modern research environment, scientists frequently collaborate with commercial partners and the same rights need to apply to them. The current exception restricts, rather than encourages, research-based innovation and should be widened to foster an effective research and innovation ecosystem.

Science Europe Outputs on Copyright


(07/02/18) Stephan Kuster is the new Secretary General of Science Europe… Read more

(02/02/2018) Science Europe and NWO have launched an initiative to align RDM policies across Europe… Read more

(18/01/18) Science Europe has launched a framework for discipline-specific research data management... read more

(21/12/17) Science Europe has published its response to the 'LAB–FAB–APP' report… read more

(01/12/17) Science Europe responds to the conclusions adopted today by the EU Competitiveness Council… read more


(21/03/18) Science Europe has published an Open Letter on the long-term sustainability of research infrastructures… read more