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Researchers asked to provide input on copyright rules

The European Commission is seeking views from academics on changes to its copyright directive, which includes the use of materials for research and data-mining.

The consultation, launched on 5 December, follows an announcement by the Commission in 2012 that it plans to update its copyright rules, to help create a digital single market in Europe.

One area in which the Commission wants opinions is text and data-mining, an automatic technique used by researchers to process a large amount of information. As part of the reform, 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 developed to simplify access.

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