Article details scientists’ concerns regarding proposed Copyright Directive

4 April 2018

An article by Quirin Schiermeier details how scientists from open-access institutions (such as SPARC) are concerned about the latest revisions of the proposed Copyright Directive. For open-access scientists, the main focus of concerns is the proposed press publishers’ right, which may create paywalls for academic open-access materials, or similarly create additional payments for pre-paid content. Further concerns include the proposed filtering obligations contained in article 13, with a spokesman from SPARC noting that current notice-and-takedown provisions appear to be working well for institutional repositories.