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28 Sep 2017

EU stakeholders call for revising Text and Data Mining exception

Twenty organisations have signed an open letter to European lawmakers calling for changes to a proposed Text and Data Mining exception. These stakeholders fear, if the current proposal for a TDM exception is not revised, the majority of the European research and innovation ecosystem will have to pay extra licences, and small businesses and startups will stop innovating in Europe due to legal uncertainty.

According to the signatory organisations (universities, libraries, research organisations and European businesses), lawmakers should secure Europe's leadership position in the data economy, by fixing the Text and Data Mining (TDM) exception in the European Commission’s proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.

The group sent an open letter to the Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee of the European Parliament members asking them to go further than the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and Internal market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committees, and adopt "a forward-looking approach that will help the European data economy grow, hereby fostering innovation and research and encouraging entrepreneurship and support for SMEs".

Open letter


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