Research institutions call for broad and mandatory TDM exception

13 November 2018

Several research institutions (including Liber, Allied for Startups, and the European University Association) have signed a letter to EU policy-makers, calling on them to adopt a broad and mandatory text and data mining exception in the Copyright Directive (currently article 3a). The letter stresses that text and data mining practices are essential to the development of AI industries, and a comprehensive exception is required to remain competitive with countries such as the US, China, and Japan. The signatories also express concern that the current text is apparently detached from the reality of text and data mining practices (such as the allowance for “temporary reproductions”), and consequently will be “bad for science, research and innovation, AI, and ultimately bad for Europe”.