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“Information professionals work to guarantee that everyone enjoys access to information and to knowledge. Digital technology has changed the way in which knowledge is produced, accessed to and shared. It has simplified and erased space barriers. Our task, as professionals, is to work so that more access to information does not mean less rights for authors and rightholders. For this to be possible, however, the legal framework needs to respond to the changes of the digital environment.”

Marga LOSANTOS
Marga LOSANTOS
President, Catalan Library Association

“While other sectors have long embraced digital innovations, libraries are still being prevented from updating long-standing practices, such as preservation, to match. The existing equilibrium created by balanced copyright regimes is being restricted by technological protection measures and contract terms in a bid to increase protections for rightholders. While these rights are worthy of respect, they should not override the public interest”.

Glòria PEREZ-SALMERON
Glòria PEREZ-SALMERON
President, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

“Audio-visual materials, as expression of the collective memory, are part of our common heritage and deserve to be preserved and made available. The question of the preservation of film heritage is becoming increasingly important, especially if we take into account the structural fragility and the short life of the support of film recordings. Europe needs to move towards a copyright regime that expressly recognises the possibility to establish cross-border preservation networks.”

Glòria VILALTA i VERDAGUER
Glòria VILALTA i VERDAGUER
Filmoteca de Catalunya

“For mass digitisation projects in the field of photography where acquiring individual licenses is not the answer, Europe needs to find solutions. The risk of losing our cultural heritage is too high”

Joan BOADAS RASET
Joan BOADAS RASET
Head of the Municipal Records Management, Archives and Publications, City Council of Girona

“It is imperative that libraries also in the future are perceived and understood as centers for lifelong learning and that copyright legislation is balanced in order to set as few obstacles as possible for the libraries in fulfilling this mission.”

Marie OESTERGAARD
Marie OESTERGAARD
Library Director, Dokk1 / Aarhus Public Libraries

“Authorising the use of digital works in certain areas of scientific research and in teaching could look like an attempt towards fostering and making knowledge more open. However, in the end, what it is doing is to postpone, once again, the moment where digital knowledge will be shared, which at some point will be a reality.”

Jordi GRAELLS i COSTA
Jordi GRAELLS i COSTA
Director, Citizen Services, Government of Catalonia (Generalitat de Catalunya)

“Confier à un robot la distinction entre le plagiat d’un travail publié et, par exemple, la discussion du contenu de ce travail me semble absurde et potentiellement nuisible. Le travail de recherche, en physique par exemple, est rendu public sur des plateformes du Web, même avant sa publication dans les revues, ce qui est sans conteste utile et bénéfique pour la recherche.”

Georges RIPKA
Georges RIPKA
Physicist, Saclay Nuclear Research Centre

“Modern science doesn’t work in silos. You cannot separate non-profit research from profit research. In order to fulfill the European potential for innovation and new discoveries, we need a TDM exception that covers everyone.”

Stephan KUSTER
Stephan KUSTER
‎Secretary General, Science Europe

“In science, through the ages, openness has been a great quality enhancer and discovery accelerator. As a professional scientist, I worry that the needed transition to a healthy publishing infrastructure with openly accessible and reusable corpus is currently under threat from incorrect implementations and unhappy compromises. Addressing these issues was one of my main motivations in founding SciPost.”

Jean Sébastien CAUX
Jean Sébastien CAUX
Chairman SciPost Foundation & Professor, University of Amsterdam

“If we are thinking about education, especially from a life-long perspective, we cannot forget the role of libraries. From the grandest university to the smallest village, libraries are for all. They give everyone the possibility to keep learning, discovering, and updating their skills throughout life. In a rapidly changing world, this is essential not only for our economises, but also our societies and democracies. To do this, libraries need to have the right copyright for a digital age.”

Gerald LEITNER
Gerald LEITNER
Secretary General, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

“To limit text and data mining to research performing institutions means perpetuating restrictions to access to knowledge as it has happened with publications. One cannot be supportive of open science and at the same time restrict text and data mining. Extracting information and ideas from a text that has been legally accessed cannot be forbidden for the reason that it has been done with the help of a machine.”

Ignasi LABASTIDA
Ignasi LABASTIDA
Head of Research Unit, University of Barcelona

“We cannot imagine aviation or medicine without the help of computers in most of the tasks needed, can’t we? The same happens with research and going through bibliography. Computers need to be able to do text and data mining, that is, to help humans “read” so that the part of research that consists on being up-to-date with what is being published on a certain topic becomes simpler and more productive. For this to be possible, the legal framework needs to be broad and clear, and allow everyone with legal access to works to do TDM.”

Lluís ANGLADA
Lluís ANGLADA
Director of Libraries, Information and Documentation, Consortium of University Services of Catalonia (CSUC)

“Text and Data Mining is just another way to read, a more efficient way. Getting TDM right in the copyright reform is crucial for the future of European research and higher education. The future will be innovation-driven and no university can innovate on its own today. If permission is required for TDM, then less mining will take place and the pace of discovery will decrease in the EU or will take place elsewhere, as the EU get leapfrogged by other regions.”

Julien ROCHE
Julien ROCHE
Director LILLIAD Learning Center Innovation, University of Lille

“One of Europe’s treasures is its cultural diversity. We need to boost legal frameworks and embrace technological tools that allow us to access and interact with our cultural resources. We need to ensure that our treasures do not remain forgotten, that they are accessible across borders, with the aim of producing new content and facilitating access to every nation’s heritage. For this to happen, we need a flexible exception to copyright that applies where licenses do not solve the problem.”

Àlex HINOJO
Àlex HINOJO
Director, Amical Wikimedia