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BSA Applauds European Parliament’s Vote Enacting Mandatory TDM Exception in the Copyright Directive

BRUSSELS– March 26, 2019 – As a global organisation, BSA has long supported a mandatory Text and Data Mining exception (only in cases where the party doing so already has lawful access to the underlying work) in future-proof rules for the EU. In approving the Copyright reform, the European Parliament today has enabled the EU to create legal certainty and a supportive environment for technological innovation and growth.

Text and data mining (TDM) is a form of software-enabled analytics that enables unlocking correlations and identifying useful knowledge from information that rests undiscovered in data sets large and small, in ways humans can process and harness for a myriad of valuable purposes. TDM is one of the revolutionary tools used by Artificial Intelligence, a fundamental process in machine-learning and data analytics.

Following the European Parliament’s plenary vote on copyright rules, BSA | The Software Alliance’s Director General, Policy – EMEA, Thomas Boué, stated the following:

“Today’s positive European Parliament Plenary vote on the Copyright Directive sends a clear signal that the EU has made the decision to take a leading role in Artificial Intelligence. Text and data mining is a fundamental building block for AI. By enacting a mandatory text and data mining exception, the EU is ensuring legal certainty and is creating a supportive environment for technological innovation and growth. We are glad that the EU recognises and supports the potential of AI.”


BSA | The Software Alliance (www.bsa.org) is the leading advocate for the global software industry before governments and in the international marketplace. Its members are among the world’s most innovative companies, creating software solutions that help businesses of all sizes in every part of the economy to modernize and grow.

With headquarters in Washington, DC, and operations in more than 30 countries, BSA pioneers compliance programs that promote legal software use and advocates for public policies that foster technology innovation and drive growth in the digital economy.


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