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Letter to MEPs about ancillary copyright

On 7 July 2015 ENCES co-signed a letter to members of the European Parliament asking them not to support the amendment of MEP Niebler on ancillary copyright to the Reda Report.

Open letter on modernising copyright in the Digital Single Market

The organisation Copyright for Creativity (C4C), of which ENCES is a member, sent a letter to Mr Andrus Ansip, Vice-President, DG Digital Single Market of the European Commission on 29 April 2015 in order to express the interests of its members with regard to the forthcoming changes in European copyright law.

The letter supports the following ideas:

  • Preserving the freedom to hyperlink
  • Ensuring rights granted through exceptions & limitations are not taken away by contracts or technical measures
  • Ensuring the exceptions and limitations list is future-proof by adding an open norm
  • Creating a harmonised framework in the digital single market by making exceptions & limitations mandatory
  • Adopting a meaningful exception for text and data mining
  • Adapting exceptions in order to allow science, education, libraries and cultural heritage institutions to enter fully into the 21st Century
  • No further extensions of the scope of copyright

On behalf of ENCES a claim for a general clause for education and science was included in the statement: 

"In particular, the existing outdated system of exceptions in favour of education and science should be replaced by a single comprehensive clause in favour of free (not necessarily cost-free) access to and use of the published knowledge."

Please find the letter here [pdf].


Ensuring a Balanced Representation of Views in the EP Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright Reform

ENCES e.V. has signed the Open Statement "Ensuring a Balanced Representation of Views in the EP Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights and Copyright Reform" dating from 17 March 2015. The letter is directed to Mr Cavada and the Members of the Working Group on IPRs and Copyright Reform. It calls on the Working Group to include all different kinds of stakeholders in the process of discussing the changes in copyright which are to be made in the near future, such as citizens, consumers, cultural heritage institutions, libraries, researchers, universities and the Internet industries, as well as creators who are not organized at all.

You can find the Open Statement here [pdf].


Letter to Mr Pavel Svoboda, Chair of the Legal Affair Committee of the EU Parliament

ENCES wrote a letter to Mr Pavel Svoboda, Chair of the Legal Affair Committee of the EU Parliament, in order to emphasise the interests of research and education with regard to the future development of copyright in Europe. The letter dating from 28th November 2014 states ENCES' support of LIBER's letter of 17th November 2014 and requires further involvement of ENCES in the process of building a science- and education-friendly copyright system in the EU. [pdf]



EBLIDA, LIBER & ENCES: Statement on the European Commission Proposal for a Draft Directive on Orphan Works

On May 24, 2011 the European Commission released the "Proposal for a DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on certain permitted uses of orphan works" [pdf].

Thereupon ENCES published a statement together with EBLIDA (European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation Associations) and LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) welcoming the Commission's commitment to find a solution for Orphan Works.

EBLIDA, LIBER and ENCES Statement on the European Commission Proposal for a Draft Directive on Orphan Works [pdf].



Letter to the President of the European Commission

On 20 August 2010 the executive board of ENCES sent a letter to Mr José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission.

With regard to the EU's Digital Agenda, the ENCES executive board suggests amending the InfoSoc Directive 2001/29/EU in order to cope with problems currently occuring with orphan works. The aim is to facilitate digitization, preservation and free accessibility for all of Europe’s cultural and scientific heritage for educational and scientific purposes, as well as for private studies of all citizens of the EU.

Copies of the letter were sent to the following EU Commissioners:

  • Ms Catherine Day, Secretary-General of the European Commission
  • Ms Neelie Kroes, Commissioner for the Digital Agenda
  • Ms Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
  • Mr Michel Barnier, Commissioner for the Internal Market and Services
  • Mr Joaquin Almunia, Commissioner for Competition

ENCES, letter on behalf of the European Network for Copyright in Support of Education and Science (ENCES) with regard to the proposed bill on orphan works [pdf].


Answers to consultations

ENCES answered the EU Commission's Consultation on scientific information in the digital age in order to contribute to the ‚Communication and Recommendation on access to and preservation of digital scientific information‘, which will be adopted by the Commission in late 2011. Unfortunately the online questionnaire form permitted only 400 characters per comment - we would have liked to give more detailed answers: [pdf]

ENCES submitted a statement to the European Commission's public consultation on copyright. The ENCES statement is based on the C4C response.


Press Release on German Ancillary Copyright for Press Articles ("Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverlage")

On 12 November 2012 ENCES published our comment on the proposed German ancillary copyright in small parts of journalistic articles in favour of media publishers ("Leistungsschutzrecht für Presseverlage"): [pdf]



"Licences for Europe - A Stakeholder Dialogue"

Text and Data Mining for Scientific Research Purposes Working Group

The European Commission has launched an initiative called “Licences for Europe” in the beginning of 2013. The topics

i) Cross-border access and the portability of services
(ii) User-generated content and licensing for small-scale users of protected material
(iii) Audiovisual sector and cultural heritage institutions
(iv) Text and data mining for scientific research purposes

are to be discussed with different stakeholders.

ENCES participates in working group (iv) on text and data mining (TDM) for scientific research purposes.

After the first meeting of this group participants sent a letter in response to "Licences for Europe- A Stakeholder Dialogue" text and data mining for scientific research purposes workshop to Commissioners Barnier, Geoghegan-Quinn, Kroes and Vassiliou. ENCES signed this letter, too: [pdf]

After the third meeting of WG4 on text and data mining it became clear that ENCES could not continue with the process started by the WG. ENCES signed a letter of withdrawal which was sent to Commissioners Barnier, Geoghegan-Quinn, Kroes and Vassiliou on 22 May 2013 [pdf].



More letters signed by ENCES

ENCES signed, together with other European research and library organisations and other stakeholders, the following letters:

Letters (24 November 2015) to the Members of the EU Parliament and to First Vice-­President Frans Timmermans with regard to the EU Commission's approach in consulting on copyright matters. The letters were written by CCIA.

"Realising the innovative potential of digital research methods: a call from the research community." Open Letter (1 July 2014) to Michiel Kolman, Senior VP Global Academic Relations, Elsevier.

"Fulfill the promise of the Innovation Union: European research institutions, libraries and archives need balanced copyright law." Letter (19 May 2014) to José Barroso, President of the European Commission, and the commissioners Neelie Kroes, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Michel Barnier and Androulla Vassiliou.