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Researchers protest copyright proposals

Fifteen research and digital rights organisations have written to MEPs to express their “alarm” at the potential effects of proposed EU copyright law.

The organisations, which include Science Europe, the association of funders and research institutions, and the European University Association, published an open letter to the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee on 6 September. In it they expressed fears about provisions in a draft EU copyright directive being debated by the Parliament.

The fears mainly concern articles 11 and 13 of the draft Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. These articles propose measures for extending copyright protections for press publications, and for requiring digital service providers to exercise greater control over content uploaded by the public. 

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