18 November 2016 | Policy input

EUA response to the European Commission proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market

The European University Association (EUA) welcomes the European Commission's (EC) 14 September proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market. EUA views the proposed Directive as an important step towards more modern copyright laws for the digital age, fair remuneration of authors and more transparency and balance in the publishing system. EUA particularly appreciates the three mandatory exceptions for research based on text and data mining (TDM); for cross-border off-site education; and for the preservation of cultural heritage currently included in the proposal.

While the proposed Directive thus broadly intends to provide more legal certainty for students, researchers and educators, some of its aspects and details need further clarification, which requires dialogue among all stakeholders, in order to make European copyright laws efficient, future-proof, and innovation-friendly.

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