Library News – Finland

Discussion at the Finnish National Library

copyrightOn Friday 10th of February the MEP Library Lover Merja Kyllönen (GUE/NGL) gathered with fellow MEP Anneli Jäätteenmäki (ALDE), Finnish politicians and representatives from the Finnish libraries at the National Library of Finland in Helsinki to discuss libraries in the Digital Single Market.

The one hour discussion mainly focused on text and data mining (TDM) and e-book lending – both critical issues for libraries in the digital age and particularly relevant given the ongoing reform of the European copyright framework in the European Parliament.

Library experts highlighted the fact that TDM is vital for modern scientific works, and should therefore be endorsed. The Finnish politicians, all members of the Education and Culture committee, were particularly interested in this point because the Finnish parliament is currently making a statement on the EU Commission’s proposal for copyright reform in the Digital Single Market (DSM) proposal.

As for e-book lending, despite the fact that it is a very complicated topic because of its many implications, everybody agreed on the fact that a copyright exception is needed for libraries lending out e-books, at the European level as well as at the national one.

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