The Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) has consistently fought for copyright reforms which support research and innovation in Europe.
The report adopted by European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) on proposed changes to the Commission's Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive includes draft compromises which are important to libraries in the digital era. LIBER has welcomed the amendments which enable libraries to preserve material in digital networks, mass digitise their in-copyright but commercially unavailable collections and to support digital and cross-border teaching.
On Text and Data Mining (TDM), the association has appreciated the improvements made by the European Parliament on the Commission's original proposal, particularly the inclusion of research libraries as a beneficiary of a mandatory TDM exception. TDM is an issue of major importance to LIBER and its 430 university, national and special libraries.
However, LIBER is disappointed that JURI's proposed TDM exception falls short of granting everyone with legal access to material and the right to analyse that content with computers. This undermines the European Commission's broader efforts to support Open Science and Artificial Intelligence.
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