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Funders call for ‘science-friendly’ copyright laws

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A planned reform of EU copyright legislation should permit academics to mine legally accessed publications, Science Europe has recommended.

In a paper published on 8 April, Science Europe’s working group on research data calls for EU copyright legislation to include provisions for content mining to be carried out without the need for additional permissions, or at extra cost. According to Science Europe, which represents funders and research organisations, academic work is being hindered at present by barriers to data mining, which uses computer software to assess large amounts of data.

The European Commission has previously said it intends to update EU copyright law in early 2016, following a consultation last year. The European Parliament has also set out its vision for new legislation in an own-initiative paper, headed by German MEP Julia Reda, which was in favour of free content mining.

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