Press release 05/10|
30 June 2010
ENCES – New European lobby organisation for Copyright in Education and Science founded
The Coalition for Action "Copyright for Education and Research" is pleased to announce:
A new academic organisation dealing with copyright in a European context was founded on 29 June
2010 in Berlin. The "European Network for Copyright in Support of Education and Science (ENCES)" is
working towards the improvement of the European Copyright legislation with a focus on the needs of
education and science. The members of the group consider worldwide and unlimited access to
information a necessity so that European researchers and academics can continue to work on the
cutting-edge of research and stay connected to the international developments in science. Even
though digital communication made information more available and accessible than ever before in
the history of mankind, copyright regimes increasingly erect artificial borders that get in the way of
scientific freedom and the pursuit of knowledge.
In the European Union copyright legislation is no longer merely a national issue but operates on the
level of a system of European framework directives. For that reason it is crucial for the European
research community to come together and work through the pressing issues surrounding intellectual
property and information regimes in order to be able to represent their essential interests.
All individuals and organisations supporting the objectives of ENCES and residing in a European
country are welcome to become members of the association. ENCES is presently in the process of
completing the bureaucratic requirements to register as an association in accordance with the
German law and subsequently plans to apply for charitable status. As soon as the registration will be
accomplished the first full general meeting of ENCES will take place.
Please find more information and contact at the website of ENCES.
Prof. Dr. Rainer Kuhlen
Speaker for the Coalition for Action "Copyright for Education and Science"
The Coalition for Action "Copyright for Education and Research"
(http://www.urheberrechtsbuendnis.de/) was founded in 2004 in connection with
the amendment of copyright legislation in Germany. The Coalition for Action
lobbies for a balanced copyright and demands free access to worldwide
information at any time from anywhere for everybody active in public education
and research. The Coalition for Action is based on the Göttingen Declaration on
Copyright for Education and Research of 5 July 2004. Six members of the alliance
of German research organizations (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der
angewandten Forschung e.V., Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren
e.V., Hochschulrektorenkonferenz, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft,
Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz e.V. and Wissenschaftsrat),
more than 365 learned societies, federations and institutions as well as more
than 7,200 individuals were subscribers to this declaration. Speakers of the
Coalition for Action are Prof. Dr. Kuhlen (Konstanz), Dr. Müller (Heidelberg),
Dr. Sepp (Kassel). More information on demand by: rainer.kuhlen at uni-konstanz.de, hmueller at mpil.de and sepp at
Further information on the topic of a Copyright for Education and Research can be
found at IUWIS.
|November 10 – 11, 2016
Annual Meeting of the Coalition in Berlin
Program and Registration
|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.