Originally published at: http://contentmine.org/2016/01/france-pushing-for-uk-like-exception-for-tdm-with-possible-library-role/
Details emerged on Twitter yesterday afternoon about copyright developments taking place in France.
Important development concerning #copyright and #TDM in France today!
— Open Access EC (
) January 21, 2016
L'adopt° de notre amdt180 favorisera la circulat° des données dans la communauté de la recherche #LoiNumerique #TDM https://t.co/lQddn3Q7F8
— N. Kosciusko-Morizet (@nk_m) January 21, 2016
Thank you @Dorialexander for your clarifications about votes on #TDM#OA#copyright in France. Keep us informed https://t.co/3QXE5aqjMX
— Open Access EC (@OpenAccessEC) January 21, 2016
Further details emerged overnight. The current situation is ongoing, but it would seem that progress is being made.
Quoting in part from the above blog post by Pierre-Carl Langlais
The French parliament is currently examining a significant law on « The Digital Republic ». It covers a wide array of topics: open data, open access, Freedom of panorama, data portability, digital platform regulation… Contrary to the initial plan of the French governement, several MPs have put forward another item to this list: a text and data mining exception. While approved by the French lower house, the final fate of the exception is still uncertain at this stage.
The current intellectual property regulation in Europe actually restrains an extraordinary scientific opportunity: being able to grasp the main features, ideas and entities of millions of texts. Both massive digitization of corpora and sophistication of mining and clustering tool allows to deploy “distant reading” on an unprecedent scale. The Text2genome project can therefore draw an immense state of the art from genomic literature; ContentMine ambitions to liberate 100 millions facts from academic publications. I’m both an advocate and a pratician of text and data mining. My main focus concerns 19th century generalist and scientific periodicals — which are fortunately in the public domain, but I would be very happy to extend beyond my scope the beginning of the XXth century.
The French exception is roughly similar than its British counterpart. They are both limited to scientific research ; they both aim to link the right to read and the right to mine, by giving a license to extract to researchers who have a lawful access to a resource. There is nevertheless an additional restriction regarding the preservation of the output. So far the British exception does not seem to set any temporal limitation to the keeping of the “local” databases”.
A first draft of the French exception actually envisioned to have the output fully deleted once the research was over. This would have proved quite unpractical. As every scientific work, text and data mining project are perfectible: the output is so large that it can be of use for many unexcepted outlooks. Fortunately, the current amendment come to a better term: the output would be kept by a “certified” organisations (the French National Library is very likely to be one of them), and could therefore be reused.
EU watches while French Parliament legislates for a "Digital Republic" -may include possible #TDM exception limited to scientific research.
— FutureTDM (
) January 22, 2016
This post will be updated when further information is made available.