The Case of Text and Data Mining – 12 Nov, 2013 (European Parliament, Brussels)

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MEP Pawel Zalewski, Amelia Andersdotter, Marietje Schaake, and other MEPs co-signed a letter to President Barroso on the need to reform the Information Society (‘InfoSoc’) Directive (2001/29/EC) in December 2012. The Commission responded with the launch of the ‘Licences for Europe’ initiative, which will conclude on 13 November. Now, almost one year later, this event aims to look back at what happened and how to move forward. In doing so, it brings together a broad range of stakeholders: MEPs from across the political spectrum, NGOs, industry representatives, and policy experts. The two panel session will be moderated by Ms Eleonora Rosati of the University of Cambridge.

Agenda [PDF] (Speakers’ biographies [PDF])


Registration & coffee


Welcome – Mr Paweł Zalewski (MEP EPP)


Copyright Reform: The Case of Poland

Presentation by Mr Alek Tarkowski, Director Centrum Cyfrowe Projekt and Mr Jaroslaw Lipszyc, President Modern Poland Foundation, both Polish-based NGOs, on the Copyright reform undertaken by Poland, including the challenges of organising a multi-stakeholder process and the importance of identifying the right questions to ask.


Setting the Scene for Europe

Discussions on intellectual property rights are rife with statistics and claims. Mr Paul Keller, Vice-Chair Kennisland, a Netherlands-based independent think-tank with a public mission, will look at some of the premises behind these statistics in order to see which numbers are helpful, and which ones convey less scientific facts.


Panel Session I – Research & Innovation: The Potential of Text & Data Mining for Europe

Presentation of the uses of text and data mining in research and innovation by Mr Niluka Satharasinghe, Co-founder Sparrho, a UK start-up that created a platform for discovery of scientific information, Mr John McNaught, Deputy Director UK National Centre for Text Mining (NaCTeM) and Mr Wilfried Rütten, Director European Journalism Centre.


Panel Session II – The Legal Question Marks & The Way Ahead

Presentation of the legal challenges faced when using text and data mining techniques and the way ahead, notably as set out in the TDM declaration, by Ms Anne Bergman-Tahon, Director Federation of European Publishers, the umbrella association of book publishers’ associations, Mr Brian Hole, Founder Ubiquity Press, a publisher specialised in open access academic journals and open data, and Mr Mathias Schindler, Project Manager Wikimedia, a global movement aiming to bring free educational content to the world.


Interactive discussion with the audience


Conclusions – Prof. Martin Senftleben

Mr Martin Senftleben, Professor of Intellectual Property at the University of Amsterdam, will attempt to do a round-up of the panel discussions, and share his reflection on flexibilities in the existing copyright framework and the three-step test.


Closing remarks – The Urgent Need for Copyright Reform: One Year Later

Various MEPs co-signed a letter to President Barroso on the need for copyright reform in December 2012. Now, almost one year later, let’s look back at what happened and how to move forward.

  • Ms Amelia Andersdotter (MEP Greens/EFA)
  • Ms Marietje Schaake (MEP ALDE)
  • Mr Pawel Zalewski (MEP EPP)
  • Other MEPs


Sandwich lunch