Publishers slam EC 'inertia'

<p>European publishers have hit out at European Commission "inertia" after decision-makers in Strasbourg amended a proposal to promote the commercial sale of public sector information.</p><p>The draft proposal had aimed to create a level playing field with the US, where public information is freely available to publishers for use in creating products for re-sale. The US market for public information is worth $30bn (&#163;18.8bn).</p><p>But changes to the original EC proposal will now see European public bodies able to charge publishers for information. The Federation of European Publishe...

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