The Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER) responses to the European Commission copyright consultation are available in this document.
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Highlights from the LIBER Response
- Better harmonisation of legal and technical requirements for sharing content across EU member states;
- All exceptions related to education, learning and access to knowledge to be made mandatory. In particular, we would like to see a specifiexception for text and data mining for all research purposes and for the wording of the Information Society Directive to be expanded so that it also applies to digital preservation activities;
- Safe-guarding from contracts undermining limitations and exceptions in copyright law;
- [Our emphasis] Provisions to allow e-lending by libraries, similar to analogue lending;
- [Our emphasis] Publicly-funded research results to be made openly available regardless of contracts signed with a publisher;
- Research exceptions that make no distinction between commercial and non-commercial purposes;
- Data such as hyperlinks to remain free of all intellectual property rights. They are a building block of knowledge and must be freely usable and shareable by anyone for any purpose;
- [Our emphasis] The minimum terms of protection in Europe (currently 70 years) to be reduced to life plus 50 years for copyrighted works.