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Commission to improve text and data mining access

Text and data mining for scientific research are to be a focus of discussion as the European Commission plans to overhaul copyright legislation.

The Commission plans to determine how much demand exists for text and data access, explore ways to standardise licensing, and look into whether technology platforms should be implemented to simplify access. The Commission released a communication yesterday (18 December) on content in the digital single market, which highlights the need for easily accessible data.

The Commission’s communication outlines plans for 2013 to identify how European copyright legislation in general should be updated. This would include consultation with various groups affected by the rules, the Commission said. According to a statement, the consultation will begin in 2013 and decisions about whether to reform legislation should be made in 2014.

The Commission adopted seven priorities yesterday (18 December), which aim to bring the original Digital Agenda for Europe, from 2010, up to date. Commission president José Manuel Barroso said: “A modern copyright framework can be a win-win for all stakeholders, providing sustainable incentives for creativity, cultural diversity and innovation.”

The other areas for discussion outlined in the communication are access to online content across borders, making commercial and non-commercial films available online, and making licensing more transparent.

The Commission’s communication follows a debate held on 5 December on the digital economy.