On November 12, LIBER travelled to Brussels for a special event: Copyright and research and innovation policy. The case of Text and Data Mining. The session was organized by Copryright for Creativity and hosted by MEPs Amelia Andersdotter (Swedish, Greens/EFA), Marietje Schaake (Dutch, ALDE ) and Paweł Zalewski (Polish, EPP) in the European Parliament (download the programme).
The event was an excellent opportunity for stakeholders from different backgrounds to present their views on Text and Data Mining to MEPs.
Representatives from Poland presented the state of the copyright reform in their country and made a strong case for new copyright frameworks that would facilitate research and teaching.
This was followed by two panel sessions. The first panel addressed the potential of Text and Data Mining in Europe, and argued for an exception in Europe from the research, SME and journalism communities. The second panel looked at Text and Data Mining from a legal perspective, with representatives from scientific publishers and Wikimedia. The publishing-sector representatives expressed a variety of views. These ranged from the idea that Text and Data Mining is a practice that requires new specific licenses (always for non-commercial purposes) to the view that Text and Data Mining is a natural part of scientific information processing that needs to be facilitated by publishers.
The current European copyright directive was then analyzed by Professor Martin Senftleben. He advocated for a harmonized framework that would include a fair-use clause. This would guarantee flexibility for users and allow the framework to adapt to new developments and practices.
In the round of interventions, LIBER advocated for an exception and limitation for Text and Data Mining so that data-driven research can thrive in Europe. We also asked for this exception to cover both commercial and non-commercial uses, as we believe Text and Data Mining is a very promising tool both for research and industry.
To close the day, the MEPs who organised the session acknowledged the urgent need for copyright reform that would account for the needs of our digital age. Marietje Schaake asked for advocacy at a Member State level so that copyright would be included in the programmes of local political parties in the lead-up to the European elections.
For more about the event, please see the video below and this report from Copyright4Creativity.