It came to our attention today that the European Parliament published this important report on 15/04/2015. In particular, Clauses 17, 27 and 37 are especially noteworthy.
17. Calls on the Commission to explore the possibility of significantly shortening the duration
of the harmonised terms of copyright protection in the framework of a modern trade
27. Calls on the Commission to examine and propose solutions for automated analytical
techniques for text and data (‘text and data mining’) for scientific research purposes,
especially for non-commercial purposes, provided that permission to read the work has
been obtained and taking into account options such as the licensing model, as already
developed in some Member States, aimed at enabling researchers to maintain Europe’s
competitive edge in a global environment;
37. Calls on the Commission to adapt and standardise the exceptions and limitations permitted
in the regulatory framework of the analogue world in the context of the new scenario
represented by the digital paradigm, and in particular by cloud computing technologies;
These are significant recommendations on both the lifetime of copyright, and on an EU-wide exception for TDM.