Next week’s vote on the European Union’s Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market is an opportunity to advance library services. But unless an article that would effectively force the filtering of speech on the internet is removed, it could also do a lot of harm. The directive includes valuable progress on key dossiers for libraries, making it easier to carry out text and data mining, preserve documents, and give access to works that are not available on the market. But blocking free speech would be inevitable under Article 13 (renumbered to 17 in the voting document), a point already underlined by the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression.
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, Mar. 24