This post today on the Wellcome Trust blog includes work by ContentMine on how researchers could benefit from copyright reform for TDM
Text and data mining also offers the opportunity to both speed up research and lower the overall cost. Preliminary analyses by ContentMine suggest that using these tools could help streamline systematic reviews – the gold standard of evidence-based medicine – be reducing the time taken to filter the thousands of papers required, reducing researchers’ workloads by at least 50%.
However, copyright law presents a barrier to using data mining tools, because computers have to make a copy of the material in order to mine it. As the vast majority of published research is protected by copyright, this puts data mining in conflict with copyright law. While a researcher may have access to material via licenses held by their institution, and is legally entitled to read it, they are not entitled to mine it. But we believe there is no reason why the right to read should not also be the right to mine.