Muitas das publicações científicas e académicas ainda são publicadas com restrições de acesso. Felizmente, a publicação destas obras em acesso aberto está a crescer e, dependendo das condições de publicação, mesmo aqueles artigos científicos publicados com restrições têm versões em acesso aberto, disponibilizadas pelos autores nas suas páginas Web ou depositadas nos repositórios científicos das suas universidades, quer na altura da publicação, quer depois de um período de embargo.
Mas como saber rapidamente se há uma versão em acesso aberto do artigo com restrições de acesso que acabámos de encontrar?
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The European Parliament (EP) is discussing the European Commission (EC) proposal for a new European directive on copyright, that will endanger education and scientific research, freedom of expression and freedom of information.
The Members of European Parliament (MEP) submitted amendments to the EC’s proposal that are now being discussed and voted in EP’s committees according with the following timetable, taken from Julia Reda’s Website:
We all need to contact our representatives in the European Parliament (MEPs) and tell them:
to support and vote favourably on those amendments that widen the scope of the TDM exception. Everyone that has legal access to texts and data should be allowed to mine those texts and data. The right to read is the right to mine. EC wants to allow only research centres to do TDM, and only for non commercial purposes, prohibiting startups, public entities, cultural heritage institutions, journalists and citizens to do it;
to support and vote favourably on those amendments related with technological measures. Technological measures (DRM) kill your right to exercise copyright exceptions in education, scientific research, cultural heritage, etc. We need to change this and now there’s an opportunity: if those amendments are approved, technological measures will never stop citizens from exercising the exceptions again in Europe. The best part is those amendments do not change the rightholder’s rights, they will have exactly the same rights, they can still use technological measures (DRM) in their works and DRM will still be protected by law;
to support and vote favourably on those amendments that extend the copyright exception for education and reject a licensing system and levies, that educational entities cannot afford;
to support and vote favourably on those amendments that reject article 11º (publishers’ rights). EC wants to create a new 20 years related right to be given to news’ publishers, endangering the sharing of links with snippets or a title to a new’s article. A similar law didn’t work in Germany and was disastrous in Spain. It is also an abject limitation on freedom of expression and access to information and independent academics unanimously oppose to extra copyright for news sites;
The contacts of MEPs can be found in the EP’s page. The most important vote is JURI Committee vote, so if you don’t have time to contact all your representatives, you should prioritise JURI’s. Check your country below to see how to contact your representatives:
If you are from Czech Republic, you should contact (change [at] for @):
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