During OpenCon 2015 several of the community members joined forces to write a letter to the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. The resulting letter was sent on November 17, 2015 and I received a response last week. It is good to see that the letter we sent was noted with interest. This was not the only letter that has been sent to members of the European Commission or Parliament.
As mentioned in my previous blog post, the European Commission has announced that they will be proposing legislation to reform copyright on many fronts, including copyright exceptions for content mining. This is a great first step and the following steps can be great as well.
Even though the European Commission has now announced their action plan, which incorporates exceptions for content mining, I urge those engaged with copyright reform to write to their MEPs or the European Commission in the next few months to specify further details of what is important to go into the legislation. For example, the category ‘public interest research organizations’ does not promote legal certainty and excludes citizen scientists, freelance scientists, and many more. Writing to your representatives helps get this on their radar and hopefully results in better legislation. I will be writing my letter soon and will share it here.
To simplify finding your representatives in the European Parliament, here is a link to the website where you can select your country and see all parliament members. A link to all European Commission members can be found here and the specific Commission members responsible for copyright reforms here.