May 26, 2022

20 Organizations Sign Open Letter to European Lawmakers Calling for Changes to a Proposed Text and Data Mining Exception

Via the European Association of Research Libraries (LIBER):

Twenty organisations, including LIBER, have signed an open letter to European lawmakers calling for changes to a proposed Text and Data Mining exception.

Coordinated by the European Alliance for Research Excellence, the letter asks Members of the Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) in the European Parliament and Deputy Permanent Representatives of the 28 Member States to fix the Text and Data Mining (TDM) exception in the European Commission’s proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.


If the current proposal for a TDM exception is not revised, the vast majority of the European research and innovation ecosystem will be penalised. Scientists and students will have to pay extra licenses, and small businesses and startups who will stop innovating in Europe due to legal uncertainty.

Read the Open Letter (Signed by 20 Organizations)

In addition to signing this Open Letter, LIBER published its own call this week for changes to the proposed TDM Exception. We are asking for four key points to be addressed:

  • Make the TDM Exception Mandatory and Non-Overridable.
  • Include Libraries and All Persons With Lawful Access to Content as Beneficiaries.
  • Allow Commercial and Non-Commercial Uses, Without Compensation.
  • Permit Safe Storage of Copies Made for TDM.

Read the Complete LIBER News Release

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