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14 Sep 2018

EUA sees EP vote on EU copyright reform as missed opportunity for R&I

The European University Association (EUA) has issued a statement in which it looks critically at the European Parliament's (EP) approval of the European Copyright Directive on 12 September 2018, calling this a "missed opportunity to bolster R&I". The EUA regrets that the European Parliament did not enhance the Commission’s limited proposal for text and data mining (TDM) in Article 3 of the Directive. The EUA also regrets the approval of Article 13 to filter and monitor user-generated content.

The EUA has spoken out strongly in favour of a broad, mandatory exception for TDM for research, innovation and education purposes, following the principle that “the right to read is the right to mine”, and is therefore in line with a similar statement issued by Science Europe on 12 September 2018. The EUA claims that without a broad, mandatory exception for TDM, the EU will not be able to meet its own ambitions and compete with other leading knowledge economies.

The next step in negotiations on the Directive will be the trilogue between the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU. The final text is due for approval in early 2019.

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