[A2k] EIFL presses for EU copyright reform

Teresa Hackett teresa.hackett at eifl.net
Wed Jan 18 09:15:31 PST 2017


As the debate on EU copyright reform hots up, EIFL joins statements by lead
European research institutions and open science advocates

European Commission proposals for European Union (EU) copyright reform are
entering a crucial phase as they come under the scrutiny of co-decision
makers, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, the voice of EU

On 12 January 2017, the Commission’s proposal ‘Copyright in the digital
single market’ was debated by the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal
Affairs (JURI), the main committee responsible for the dossier, where it
awaits a decision. On 16-17 January 2017, the proposals were on the agenda
of the Council’s Working Party on Intellectual Property (IP).

In a push to ensure that the proposed copyright reforms really are fit for
purpose, EIFL has lent its support to two statements from open science
advocates and from organizations representing leading European research

‘*Future-proofing European Research Excellence*’, a statement issued by
five key organizations - LIBER <http://libereurope.eu> (the Association of
European Research Libraries), CESAER <http://www.cesaer.org/en/home> (the
Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and
Research) , EUA <http://www.eua.be/> (the European University Association),
LERU <http://www.leru.org/index.php/public/home/> (the League of European
Research Universities) and Science Europe <http://www.scienceeurope.org/> -
calls on legislators for more change to give Europe a real opportunity to
become a global leader in data-driven innovation and research.

The statement points out shortcomings in provisions on text and data
mining, and education and research. It expresses surprise at the absence of
provisions on inter-library document supply
that enables researchers to access material such as books or journal
articles not available in their institutional library. It concludes that
the proposal, in its current form, could be viewed as backward looking and
not compatible with the vision of the Digital Single Market.

‘*Impact of EU copyright reform on open science and innovation*’ is a
statement from Frontiers <https://blog.frontiersin.org/>, a Europe-based
open access academic publisher, supported by leading open science
stakeholders in Europe and beyond. The statement highlights the particular
importance of text and data mining. Since research conducted for commercial
purposes may be just as beneficial as non-commercial research, the law
should allow all research bodies, as well as small and medium enterprises
and businesses, to undertake text and data mining for the benefit of

EIFL hopes that the required amendments to the proposal will be made so
that the remaining barriers to ‘Copyright in the digital single market’
will be removed.

Read ‘Future-proofing European Research Excellence’ here
Read ‘Impact of EU copyright reform on open science and innovation’ here


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