Europeans needs Google Books and other competing services to make our literary heritage accessible online. The dfficulties in making this service available in Europe shows yet again that copyright, which is supposed to be an incentive to creative production, generally acts as a barrier to culture, innovation and the economy. That our literature will soon be more widely available in the US shows how broken this system is.
We are calling for substantial reform of copyright. In particular, we need an exception to copyright to allow the search and indexing of copyright content. We also need tighter regulation of digital rights management. In general, copyright must become more more flexible and encourage collective agreements.