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Libraries worry over obstacles to data mining

EU laws could prevent universities from fully analysing text and data to which they have legal access, copyright organisations have warned, calling on those affected to come forward.

Certain sections of the EU’s Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market, which is due to come into force in 2021, are a cause for concern, a copyright-focused working group of the Association of European Research Libraries (Liber) warned on 1 August.

Individual member state governments “have great flexibility” in how they implement the directive, Liber has advised in a guide it has produced on the directive. The association is encouraging research organisations and individuals to pressure their governments to develop national legislation in a way that will be most beneficial for research and education.

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