LIBER and FutureTDM at the EUhackathon: Using Text and Data Mining to Visualise Copyright Evidence

The theme of the 6th edition of the EUhackathon held at Google headquarters in Brussels last week was ‘visualising copyright evidence to inform the policy debate and support the decision making process’. The foremost objective of the initiative was to raise awareness and encourage debate around copyright and text and data mining. The goal of the…

A Basic Guide to EU Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries, Educational and Research Establishments

Copyright law is complex. That’s why our Copyright Working Group has just published a basic guide to Limitations and Exceptions in EU Copyright Law for Libraries, Educational and Research Establishments. The freely downloadable document is an introductory guide to copyright law as it relates to schools, universities, their libraries, national libraries, and public libraries. Limitations and…

Only Real Reforms Can Bring EU Copyright Rules Up to Date

The European Commission recently published its long-awaited proposal for copyright reform. LIBER released its own reaction to the proposal, and signed the following statement along with EBLIDA, Public Libraries 2020, IFLA and Europeana (download the statement in PDF format): Libraries and cultural heritage institutions have long empowered people to learn, innovate and be inspired, without…

A Strong Rationale Needs Strong Resolve – LIBER Responds to the Commission Copyright Proposal

Today (14 September 2016) the European Commission released its long awaited  draft proposals for a Directive on Copyright and the Digital Single Market. LIBER has released a statement in response to this development outlining the need to go further to ensure that legal certainty is achieved. A well-functioning and competitive market for research and innovation;…

LIBER Signs Copyright Reform Position Paper

LIBER — along with other European library and cultural heritage organisations — has released a position paper ahead of the European Commission’s upcoming proposals on reforming the current copyright framework (expected in autumn 2016). The paper sets out recommendations for copyright reform, including: Further harmonisation of exceptions and limitations related to libraries, education and research; A clear…

LIBER Speaks Up For Open Science, Against Neighbouring Rights for Publishers

The European Commission recently held an open consultation seeking views on the role of publishers in the copyright value chain, including potentially expanding neighbouring rights to publishers. LIBER’s Executive Director Susan Reilly recently attended a high-level working lunch with MEP Lidia Joanna Geringer de Oedenberg, to present the view of research libraries on this issue.

LIBER Responds to EC Consultation on Publishers’ Role in the Copyright Value Chain

LIBER has responded to the EC consultation on the role of publishers in the copyright value chain. On behalf of the LIBER Copyright Working Group, who compiled this response, we would like to thank our LIBER members who provided invaluable feedback. Members can also submit their own responses to the consultation which closes tomorrow, Wednesday…

Be Open to Open Science: Stakeholders Should Prepare for the Future, not Cling to the Past

On May 27 2016, EU Member States affirmed their commitment to accelerating the advancement of knowledge and boosting innovation and competitiveness in Europe by adopting Council Conclusions on the Transition Towards and Open Science System. We, the European and international library community, welcome this development and support a rapid transition towards Open Science as a high priority for us…

LIBER Appointed to EU Open Science Policy Platform

LIBER has been appointed to represent libraries on the European Commission’s new Open Science Policy Platform. President Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen will speak for LIBER and its 400+ members on the high-level advisory group. She joins 24 other experts representing universities, research organisations, funders, publishers, policy platforms and citizen science groups across Europe. “LIBER is the principal network…

Libraries Fight for Public, Not Commercial Interests: A Response to Comments at the International Publishers’ Congress 2016

LIBER has co-signed a letter in response to comments made by Hachette Livre CEO Arnaud Nourry at this week’s International Publishers’ Congress. The letter rejects entirely the argument that libraries are proxies for the commercial sector. It invites publishers and others to work with us in passing limited but necessary reforms to copyright. These reforms will…