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Copyright fight ‘far from over’, say libraries

EU agreement on harmonised copyright rules means institutions must now lobby national governments if they want to get the best out of the new legislation, say groups representing universities and libraries.

Member states have a two-year implementation period during which they must incorporate into national law the reforms signed off at EU level by governments on 15 April. That sign-off followed a long running and contentious political fight.

Groups representing universities and libraries said on 18 April that debate over the rules was not over yet. While academic lobbyists won the freedom for researchers to use software to automatically read and analyse copyrighted material, this was not extended to their private collaborators.

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