Data mining: the law should not hinder French research

In order to ensure copyright protection, current French law forbids scientists to reuse published scientific articles. The legislators risk heavily undermining public research by creating multiple legal hurdles to text and data mining. Unlike their counterparts abroad, copyright and databases laws do not allow French scientists to reuse scientific articles, even their own or those they purchased. Therefore it is imperative that the Digital Republic Bill takes this into consideration and allows for an exception to copyright laws that would enable and encourage text and data mining. This would enable the French research community to seize new scientific opportunities and would curtail researchers’ departure abroad.

Country: France

Domains: IPR

Stakeholder: Government

Tags: research, copyright exceptions, France, Digital Republic Bill, text and data mining

Posted on Monday 25 April 2016

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