As the EU copyright reform proposals move towards an important vote in the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI) this November, RLUK has continued to engaged with coalitions of research, library, and technology organisations to ensure the proposals support and enhance research across Europe.

Securing Europe’s leadership in the data economy by revising the Text and Data Mining (TDM) exception
RLUK has signed on to a letter from the European Alliance for Research Excellence (EARE), focusing on TDM and calling for a broad exception that does not unnecessarily limit the scope of organisations eligible to take advantage of TDM. RLUK, SCONUL and UCL Library Services represent the library sector in the EARE.

Rejecting proposals for ancillary copyright and upload filters
RLUK has signed on to a letter from SPARC Europe calling for the removal of two Articles in the EU Copyright proposals – Article 11 on ancillary copyright seeks to extend a new right to press publishers that could see licenses required for content republished on other sites. Scholarly publishers have been arguing for this to be further extended to them, which could undermine Open Access. Article 13 on upload filters could also impact open access, if repositories were required to install costly technologies that check for copyright infringement before making copyright available online – these types of technologies are currently used by sites like Youtube.

Fiona Bradley
Deputy Executive Director, RLUK