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Copyright

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.

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