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Open letter "The EU Copyright Directive is failing", Open Letter #2 from European Research Centres

26 April 2018



Signatories from 25 leading intellectual property research centres in Europe and from other constituencies are caling on EU Institutions and Member States to reject the Proposed Directive if the legislation progresses in the form proposed by the recent drafts of the Bulgarian Presidency and JURI rapporteur Voss. It will not serve the public interest.


There is scientific consensus:

  • that the proposed exception for text-and-data-mining in Art. 3 will not achieve its goal to stimulate innovation and research if restricted to certain organisations,
  • that the proposals for a new publishers’ right under Art. 11 will favour incumbent press publishing interests rather than innovative quality journalism,
  • and that the proposals for Art. 13 threaten the user participation benefits of the e-Commerce Directive (2000/31/EC) which shared the responsibility for enforcement between rightholders and service providers.


The Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive is now failing its stated goals to improve choice, access and fairness in the digital environment.

EBLIDA has signed the open letter.

Full text of the Open Letter [PDF]












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