RDA Europe supports LIBER, CESAER, EUA, LERU and Science Europe in their statement on the EU Copyright reform

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07 Jul 2017

RDA Europe supports LIBER, CESAER, EUA, LERU and Science Europe in their statement on the EU Copyright reform

RDA Europe supports LIBER, CESAER, EUA, LERU and Science Europe in their statement on the EU Copyright reform

Why is this important for RDA Europe?

RDA Europe wants to promote a European policy framework, which enables the implementation of RDA outputs. Supporting data movement across borders, sectors and disciplines is essential for growth and innovation. The Copyright reform plays a key role in how the growing volumes of data actually can, or cannot, be made usable to build a Data Economy - for the benefit of research, business and job creation in the Digital Single Market. The current European copyright regime needs to be updated to address the needs of the digital age.

The EU Digital Single Market strategy, introduced in May 2015, should be comprehended as a broad, cross-cutting context in which promoting the free movement of data requires not only functioning infrastructure and practices, but also a supportive legislative basis.

What are the key issues?

  • Text and Data Mining (TDM) does not overwrite the exclusive right to decide on how your content is used. If you grant access to your content, then it cannot only be to read it, but also to read it in an automated way and analyse it with a computer.
  • The facts and information in a scientific article are not protected. TDM is a process needed to extract data and information from a copyright protected work or sui generis database, not a way to reproduce a literary or artistic work in a way that has independent value. 
  • The neighbouring right for press publishers, as introduced in the EC proposal, is unclear in its scope, and does not support content producers but rather large actors in the publishing industry.

What should be done?

  • The scope of the proposed mandatory exception for Text and Data Mining (TDM) should be widened beyond research conducted in research institutions, all the way to commercial actors. Limiting the exception will create barriers for data based industry, especially startups and SMEs. This does not help in creating a Digital Single Market.
  • Data, such as hyperlinks, should remain free of all intellectual property rights. They are a building block of knowledge and must be freely usable and shareable by anyone for any purpose.
  • The neighbouring rights for press publishers should not be supported.

Who are the key actors?

  • The Members of the European Parliament,
  • The Members of the European Council should be addressed in each country, to ensure they are aware.
  • The national parliaments should be informed, to ensure they know what is at stake when they discuss the national level implementation.

What is the process?

  • A proposal to reform EU copyright was presented by Günther Oettinger
  • The leading committee in the European Parliament is the Legal Affairs Committee, other committees involved are Internal Market, Industry and Culture Committees.
  • The Legal Affairs Committee will vote on the result in September 2017, which will be followed by approval of Parliament in a plenary vote.
  • Meanwhile, the EU member state governments are working on their own common position in the European Council., and discussions on national level implementation are taking place in member states.

What can you do to help?

  • The RDA Community can help in raising awareness, by sharing the information on this page, through their channels, and encouraging them to speak to their MEPs and national actors.



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