[A2k] Text and data mining and the need for a science-friendly EU copyright reform

Manon Ress manon.ress at keionline.org
Thu Apr 9 09:15:20 PDT 2015


Herman Rucic (for the C4C) brought this interesting brief to my attention:

Herman writes:

We would like to inform you that Science Europe has released a briefing
paper [PDF] titled 'Text and data mining and the need for a
science-friendly EU copyright reform'. The paper gives a brief overview of
the legal regulations under which TDM practices fall and the issues arising
from increasing use of licensing by publishers. The paper calls for:

    A mandatory exception for TDM including commercial use should be added
as part of an     amendment to the European Copyright Directive.

It remarks that the inclusion of commercial use:

     is important as many research projects considered to be non-commercial
by the participating researchers may be categorised as commercial by
lawyers. Also, there is a continuum from public research with no commercial
purposes at all to public research with clear commercial purpose; setting a
boundary would be artificial and make the positioning of a given research
activity very difficult. Besides, research organisations are increasingly
encouraged by national authorities and European institutions to establish
synergies and partnership with the private sector. Limiting an exception
for TDM would thwart this very aim. The development of new content mining
services by commercial companies is in the interest of the research
community and society in general. Limiting a TDM exception to
non-commercial use will force the affected companies to move their
activities to other countries outside Europe.
 end of quote

See:
http://www.scienceeurope.org/uploads/PublicDocumentsAndSpeeches/WGs_docs/SE_Briefing_Paper_textand_Data_web.pdf


And yes, "Limiting a TDM exception to non-commercial use will force the
affected companies to move their activities to other countries outside
Europe." will bring business to the US.....



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