EU Law, Technological Protection Measures, and Mining Material that is Under Copyright

The current situation around DRM and UK copyright legislation makes it difficult for researchers to obtain legal copies of texts and other in-copyright material for research purposes.

While UK law is supposed to provide protections to allow researchers to take advantage of exceptions for research, it remains a criminal offence to strip the DRM off e-texts, for instance. Section S296ZE of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act states that a complaint to the Secretary of State is the correct way to appeal this if the rightsholders refuse to provide a copy that is suitable for digital research purposes.

In this session, we would like to gather like-minded people together to discuss what could be done and which targets might prove best for such an appeal.

Categories: Copyright, Data Mining, Research Methods, Text Mining, Visualizations |

About Martin Paul Eve

I am Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London. I am also a Microsoft Certified Professional in C# and the .NET Framework and have developed several computational projects. See: