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SPARC Europe submit open letter to European Parliament regarding Copyright Directive


29 September 2017

Alongside an international coalition, SPARC Europe, a body promoting the “unfettered access to research and data”, sent an open letter regarding their concerns about the proposed Copyright Directive to the European Parliament. In particular, they urge the removal of Articles 11 (labelled “link tax”) and 13 (on filtering obligations) from the draft Directive, emphasising the impact these may have on hampering Open Access and Open Science. Furthermore, they emphasise that TDM and cross-border teaching exceptions should be introduced in respect of Articles 3 and 4, in the interests of furthering research and education. SPARC Europe’s concerns are considered in more detail in a briefing document published in October 2017.