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Europe is close to blocking the free circulation of knowledge

In its current state, the new Copyright Directive will:

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How does this concern me?

Copyright rules affect how knowledge can be preserved, created and shared amongst a researchers, developers, students, education and cultural heritage professionals.

New technologies and the Internet have enabled novel and improved ways of finding, sharing and creating knowledge, both locally and across borders. This includes sharing of knowledge by direct messages, through open repositories, in cultural heritage institutions and through research networks, as well as with students through innovative and interactive means. It also covers the discovery of knowledge through techniques such as text and data mining. All of this will change if the proposed Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market is adopted by the European Union in its current version, at various levels.

Researcher / Developer

To create knowledge or write code, being able to use the latest technologies and to access information are crucial. Content mining, access to news, the ability to use hyperlinks, to share and improve code are all crucial building blocks for the knowledge community.


Daily activities online and offline cannot be hindered by backward looking measures that impede the creation and sharing of knowledge amongst students, with their teachers and more generally in our society. Knowledge can only flourish where a balance of rights prevails.


Educators must be able to share knowledge with their pupils in interactive and digital ways, without worrying about infringing copyrights. They must be able to share documents online to work collaboratively across borders and to be an integral part of our 21st century.

Cultural Heritage Professional

Digital preservation, sharing and collaborating across borders, being able to work in an environment that creates legal certainty and allows the use of the latest technologies both for internal working processes and to share knowledge with the public must be at the outcome of this reform.

What’s at stake?

Learn more about the different issues at stake and how you can help preserve and strengthen the future of knowledge by selecting a topic.