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


(12/09/18) Science Europe is disappointed that the European Parliament did not sufficiently improve the far too restrictive proposal for TDM in the new Copyright Directive in today’s plenary vote... read more

(04/09/18) Science without publication paywalls: cOAlition S for the realisation of full and immediate Open Access... read more

(11/07/2018) Research funders making Open Access a reality by more

(08/06/2018) Science Europe has published its reaction to the European Commission's Proposal on Horizon Europe…read more

(01/06/2018) Rosa Menéndez (CSIC) was elected as Science Europe Vice-President... Read more

(31/05/18) Science Europe held its 2018 High-Level Workshop on the topic of Mission-oriented Research… Read more

(02/05/18) The proposed budget for Horizon Europe is an increase, but less than required… Read more

(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


Science Without Publication Paywalls: cOAlition S for the Realisation of Full and Immediate Open Access... read more