Why are the Coalition and its actions important?
Dr. Andrea Kamphuis
freelance science writer
“As a freelance science writer, I am quite often confronted with 'closed doors' or
unduly high paywalls during my literature research. Lacking institutional affiliations,
freelancers have to either refrain from thorough research or obtain the necessary literature
by dubious means. I am member of the steering board of the Coalition because I want to work
towards a copyright law that releases freelance science writers from this
Dr. Joachim Meier
“The last major change to the copyright law took place in 1966 and significantly weakened the legal position of the author in relation to the publisher.
In the field of science this can be seen in contracts such as 'Copyright Transfer Agreements', with which especially transnationally established publishers and those specializing in science media have the authors' exploitation rights exclusively transferred to them to the maximum extent and relating to each element of the work.
This situation is unbalanced and constitutes a strong hindrance to science communication.
In copyright law, science authors as creators in particular, but also as users of works, ought to be given more privileges
Prof. Dr. Dr. E. R. Hilf
“As a professional scientist, external to a University, I am asked by
scientific publishers and academic hiring committees to act as referee, of
course on a honorary basis. For this I have to skim through several to many
scientific papers for each referee report. But the commercial publishers
insist that I pay about 30,- Euro for each (!) article to look through. Thus
they obstruct the necessary work of refereeing from which they then profit
by claiming a reputation as publishing a refereed journal.”
The Coalition for Action is based on the Göttingen Declaration which was signed since 2004 by research organizations, professional societies, institutions and individuals.
[list of signatories]
The signatories meet once a year to elect the steering board, which in turn elects the board of speakers from their midst.
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|November 10 – 11, 2016
Annual Meeting of the Coalition in Berlin
Program and Registration
|October 11th 2016
The nonsense irritating the education and science simply goes on —
on the framework contract for the remuneration of claims for uses according to § 52a UrhG in education and research
|October 4th 2016
Comment of the Coalition for Action for a proposal from the EU Commission
(COM(2016) 593 final)
published on September 14, 2016
on “Copyright in the Digital Single Market”
|September 27th 2016
The proposal of the European Commission from September 14, 2016 for a new Copyright Directive is of no help to a
|October 15 and 16, 2015
During our Annual Meeting in Berlin, the latest developments in European and in Germany
Copyright law were discussed. A new steering group of the Coalition was elected.
The Annual Meeting in 2016 is scheduled to be in Berlin on November 10 and 11, 2016.
A Summary of the Presentations and Discussion is available.
|June 17th 2015
The Legal Affairs Committee of the European Parliament has in its meeting on June 16, 2015 voted on
the so-called “Reda Report” about the evaluation of a European copyright.
It was agreed, among others, the estimation of the author, that „…libraries make an indispensable contribution
to knowledge distribution and are intended to be authorized inter alia to the right of borrowing information in its digital format…“
In parallel, Reda stresses that authors should be granted an appropriate reward for this digital lending.
|May 8th 2015
The requirement to set up a
comprehensive exception to the rights of education and science in copyright law,
initiated by the Coalition for Action and by
is now arrived at the vice president, Digital Single Market of the EU Commission, Andrus Ansip,
through a letter of
Today the EU presented its vision for ‚A Digital Single Market Strategy for Europe‘.
Section 2.4. touches upon copyright issues for education and science, specifically on text and data mining.
Our Coalition will follow the ongoing debate about the EU copyright reform and will promote the need for a
comprehensive exception in favour of education and science.
|older news is available from our archive|
Folder on our Current Demands
- Version: August 2015
Folder on a Comprehensive Copyright Clause in Support of Education and Science
- Version: August 2015
Folder on the Right for a Second Publication for Scientific Articles
- Version: July 2015
Information als Vitamin für Innovation: Schanken oder Lizenzen für Forschung und Lehre?
- Compilation for the annual meeting on October 10, 2013
Breite Unterstützung für eine umfassende Verbesserung des Urheberrechts für Bildung und Wissenschaft
- Evaluation of a survey and policy implications, September / October 2011
facebook page of the Coalition
project is developing a social networking for the topic of copyright in
education and research.