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22-03-2017 - Hearing on Copyright reform: the new mandatory exceptions

JURI 02-05-2017 - 18:15
logo of the Parliament in the upper right corner; the title and timing of the hearing; below the copyright signs in different colours, three of them are crossed out

On 22 March 2017, from 11.30 to 12.30, the Committee on Legal Affairs held a second public hearing on the legislative proposal on copyright, focusing on mandatory exceptions.

As part of the copyright package proposed by the Commission on 14 September 2016, the proposal for a directive on copyright in the digital single market aims to adapt the EU legislative framework on copyright to digital environment. It introduces, among other elements, new mandatory exceptions or limitations to copyright in three specific cases: 1) for the use of text and data mining technologies in the field of scientific research; 2) for the use of works for illustration for teaching purposes, and 3) in order to allow cultural heritage institutions to perform acts of preservation of their collections.

This was the purpose of the discussion at this hearing with a number of experts and stakeholders: representatives of research libraries, publishers, and civil society organisations, including the academic perspective.

Contributions

      Mr Alain Strowel, Professor at UCLouvain, Université Saint-Louis-Brussels, Munich IP Law Center, Avocat at the Brussels Bar (Presentation)
      Ms Maria Elisabeth Rehbinder, Legal Counsel, Art University Copyright Advisory Services (Aalto University) and Vice Chair of the LIBER Copyright Working group (Presentation)
      Ms Maria Elisabeth Rehbinder, Legal Counsel, Art University Copyright Advisory Services (Aalto University) and Vice Chair of the LIBER Copyright Working group (Handout)
      Mr Oliver Hinte, Co-Chair, Coalition for Action "Copyright for Education and Research" (Presentation)
      Mr Oliver Hinte, Co-Chair, Coalition for Action "Copyright for Education and Research" (Handout)