Tue, Sep 06, 2016

The EU just told data mining startups to take their business elsewhere

Startups will be hurt by a restriction on text and data mining in the European Commission’s proposal to change EU copyright law, writes Lenard Koschwitz.

The European Commission is working on some policy changes to improve the situation of startups in Europe, but at the same time it wants to prevent startups from using text and data mining technology. Later this month, the Commission will propose rules on copyright that will benefit data analytics – but only for non-commercial research. That means you can develop an idea or algorithm in a European university and mine the data there, but you won’t be able to transform the results in a scalable and successful startup in Europe.

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