Tech firms are speaking out against changes to EU copyright rules that they say could force them to leave Europe for the sake of protecting their businesses.
The rules in question concern text and data mining (TDM), the practice of uncovering and analyzing patterns from indexed data sets, ranging from academic papers to social media posts. It is a widespread practice among data analytics companies, who index public content from the Internet and mine it for meaningful patterns.
But publishers, working in concert with the European Commission, say that the act of data mining needs to be more strictly regulated.
The Commission is in the process of overhauling European copyright laws and says that any for profit company that mines data from copyrighted material must pay up for the right to extract and analyze data.
The EU executive has styled itself as the guardian of the publishing industry, saying outright that the copyright rules will protect publishers from being “rolled over” by digital competition.
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