Today, the European Commission has issued a communication stating that it intends to reform the European copyright framework through a set of proposals planned for 2016.
A legislative proposal for Text and Data Mining will be considered in order to allow research organisations to carry out text and data mining of content to which they have lawful access for scientific research purposes.
Reportedly, these reforms will stimulate research, development, the creation of new jobs and the whole European society will benefit from it.
Nonetheless, the League of European Research Universities (LERU) criticised the lack of effectiveness of the Commission, which has BEEN spending years considering options without taking action.
“It is time to stop considering and to start implementing”.
Moreover, reforms would exclude SMEs (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises) and citizen scientists would not necessarily be able to take advantage of Exception to ‘public interest research organisations’.
On the one hand, today’s Communication is a significant step towards a copyright reform in Europe which is fit for the digital age; on the other hand, LERU urges the Commission “to proceed as speedily as possible with a mandatory Exception for Content Mining which cannot be overridden by contract or Technical Protection Measures.””In doing so, the Commission would truly create a copyright framework in Europe fit for the digital age.”