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EUA and leading research groups express concern about EU Copyright Reform

07 September 2017

EUA has signed a joint Open Letter in collaboration with other stakeholders to express its alarm at the potentially damaging effects of the proposals currently in Parliament and Council for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market.

The letter is addressed mainly to the JURI Committee but also to members of the European Parliament and national governments. This is a wide stakeholder response to the recent opinions expressed by several European Parliament Committees on the Commission’s Proposal, in particular the opinion issued by the ITRE Committee in July. As explained in the joint letter EUA is concerned that “the proposals on the Copyright Directive will limit academic freedom by creating burdensome and harmful restrictions on access to scientific research and data, as well as on the fundamental rights of freedom of information, directly contradicting the EU’s own ambitions in the field of Open Access and Open Science.”

“The proposals will prevent the EU from realising the potential of Open Access and Open Science to promote scientific progress, and can reduce the impact of European research worldwide” explains Jean-Pierre Finance, Chair of the EUA Science 2.0/Open Science Expert Group and former EUA Council member. “The proposed draft will put the brakes on knowledge-sharing and build walls around already open publications and data.”

EUA will remain thoroughly engaged in the process advocating for a balanced EU Copyright Reform in line with the spirit of the  EUA joint statement with other research stakeholders (January 2017) and the points raised in the EUA position (February 2017). We will also continue working closely with other stakeholders in order to provide further technical input in time for the upcoming meetings of the EP committees involved in the development of the Directive, in particular, the meeting of the JURI committee, initially foreseen for October.  

We encourage all our members - universities and National Rectors’ Conferences -  to sign the letter  and to disseminate it as widely as possible in order to reach a critical mass of support that would allow EUA and other stakeholders to better represent the interest of the academic community.

European University Association (EUA)

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