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Liability of CLARIN Centres as Service Providers: What Changes with the New Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market?

Pawel Kamocki
Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache, Germany

Erik Ketzan
Brikbeck, University of London, United Kingdom

Julia Wildgans
Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache/Mannheim University, Germany

Andreas Witt
Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache/CLARIN ERIC

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Published in: Selected Papers from the CLARIN Annual Conference 2019

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 172:7, p. 48-52

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Published: 2020-07-03

ISBN: 978-91-7929-807-4

ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)


Providing online repositories for language resources is one of the main activities of CLARIN centres. The legal framework regarding liability of Service Providers for content uploaded by their users has recently been modified by the new Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. A new category of Service Providers, Online Content-Sharing Service Providers (OCSSPs), was added. It is subject to a complex and strict framework, including the requirement to obtain licenses from rightholders for the hosted content. This paper provides the background and effect of these changes to law and aims to initiate a debate on how CLARIN repositories should navigate this new legal landscape.


copyright, liability, repository, law


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