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Government’s proposed changes to copyright law will help research, Wellcome says

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8690 (Published 27 December 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8690
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Government plans to modernise copyright law should help researchers extract useful data from published research, using the latest digital techniques.

The proposed new law1 will make an exception in copyright law for those who use “data mining” to extract meaningful connections from texts to which they already have lawful access. For example, a medical researcher might want to analyse the side effects of a medicine by crunching the results of hundreds or even thousands of studies. …

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