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More backing for open text and data mining

More than 60 civil society and trade organisations have published an open letter calling for the EU to establish a right to undertake text and data mining for commercial purposes.

The open letter was addressed to EU member state government representatives attending a meeting of the Council of Ministers on 29 and 30 May, and to the European Parliament. It said that a European Commission proposal on copyright being considered by the Council and Parliament was “backward looking” and “failed to meet the expectations of European citizens and businesses”.

One aspect of the proposal that the signatories object to is that it limits a copyright exclusion on the use of text and data mining to non-commercial purposes. If Europe wants to be an innovation leader, it “must adopt a fully-fledged exception for text and data mining which applies to any person that has legal access to content, and can be used for any purpose,” the letter said.

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