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Parliamentary questions
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31 March 2015
Answer given by Mr Oettinger on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-000083/2015

The Reuse policy(1) is oriented towards a free and unrestricted reuse of Commission documents even for commercial purposes of the publications whose copyright is with the EU. Costs incurred by the Commission in the enforcement related to its Reuse policy amount to about EUR 20 000 in the past 5 years. In many cases, there was a misunderstanding of the need to acknowledge the source of the document in question.

The Commission reacts to an alleged misuse by a request for clarifications, which may be followed by a cease and desist letter.

In line with the Reuse policy, either no condition shall be attached to re-use or — if conditions are to be applied — they must be limited to the following: a) acknowledgment of the source, b) non-distortion of the original meaning, c) a non-liability clause. Other conditions can only be attached after consultation of a Commission inter-service group.

Legal notices of the main websites through which EU publications are made available to the public(2) comply with the Reuse policy. To documents published on the Commission's websites and to data made available on the EU Open Data Portal(3), a specific version of the ‘Europa Legal Notice’ applies. It foresees the acknowledgement of the source as the only condition by default. Legal and procurement data made available on EUR-Lex and TED websites are freely reusable and not subject to any licence since 2014.

(1)Governed by the Commission Decision 2011/833/EU.
(2)Notably Eubookshop: https://bookshop.europa.eu/en/home/

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