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OpenAIRE calls on the European Parliament to halt potentially harmful copyright reform

The coalition, led by SPARC Europe and comprising 15 organizations representing European academic, library, research and digital rights communities, has written an open letter to the members of the Legal Affairs Committee in the European Parliament.

The letter calls for the removal of proposals that would restrict access to research and place administrative and legal burdens on institutional repositories. It expresses particular alarm at the potential impact of Article 11, which relates to Ancillary Copyright - putting the brakes on knowledge-sharing and building walls around already open publications and data, and Article 13, which relates to filtering user-uploaded content, of the draft Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market.

We therefore urge the Legal Affairs Committee to remove Articles 11 and 13 from the draft Directive.

The letter also requests improvements on proposals related to text and data mining, copyright in educational settings, and preservation and access to works for non-commercial endeavors. The Committee should ensure that Articles 3 to 9 support new forms of research and education and not work against them.

Add your name to the open letter, and share it with your networks and other organisations. The letter is open for signing till 1 October.  An updated version of the letter, including newly-added signatures, will again be delivered to the Legal Affairs Committee in October.

Along with relevant colleagues from your country, request a meeting with MEPs from your country, especially those from the Legal Affairs Committee, to express your opposition to the proposed copyright revisions. The meeting should take place between 18-22 September, when MEPs will be in their home constituencies. (Find the list of MEPs in the Legal Affairs Committee here.)

Reach out to members of the Legal Affairs Committee via Twitter to share your concerns and the open letter. You can find their Twitter handles on their profile pages.

If you are a library consortium, funder or research association, we also urge you to share the Open Letter with your Ministers of Education, Research and/or Science; and tell them of your opposition to this proposed reform.