The role of Anne Frank’s diary and academic freedom for text & data mining - Kluwer Copyright Blog

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t is beyond dispute that Anne Frank’s diary is of great historical value. A recent Dutch court decision confirms this, in a case that perfectly illustrates the tension between freedom of scientific research and the enforcement of copyright. On the 23rd of December 2015, the District Court of Amsterdam handed down its ruling in a case that concerned the making of reproductions of Anne Frank’s diary for scientific purposes. The case was brought by the Swiss Anne Frank Fonds, owner of the copyrights in Anne Frank’s diary, against the Dutch Anne Frank Stichting and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). There has been a lot of fuss about the (extended) copyright in the diary recently, but I will not enter into that discussion here, save to explain that in the underlying case it was established that the copyright in important parts of Anne Frank’s works continues after 1 January 2016. My focus is instead on the fundamental right of freedom of scientific research and what it can contribute to research using text and data mining (TDM) techniques. I will briefly summarise the decision and discuss the consequences for TDM research.


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07/24/2018, 06:19

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07/24/2018, 02:19