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“Copyright for Education and Research”

Aktionsbündnis „Urheberrecht für Bildung und Wissenschaft“

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Pressemitteilung 05/12
vom 15. November 2012

Aktionsbündnis unterstützt ENCES in seiner Forderung an den Bundestag, ein Leistungsschutzrecht für journalistische Presseerzeugnisse abzulehnen.

Das Aktionsbündnis „Urheberrecht für Bildung und Wissenschaft” hat in einer Pressemitteilung vom 29. Juni 2010 ein Leistungsschutzrecht für Zeitungs- und Zeitschriftenverlage als überflüssig und schädlich kritisiert.

Das Aktionsbündnis sieht weiterhin eine Gefahr darin, dass die vielfältige Medienwelt für die Arbeit in Bildung und Wissenschaft intransparent wird. Das könnte geschehen, wenn wichtige Orientierungsleistungen durch Suchmaschinen und andere Dienstleistungen im Internet wegen Lizenzbelastungen zurückgenommen würden.

Das Aktionsbündnis schließt sich der aktuellen Stellungnahme von ENCES (European Network for Copyright in Support of Education and Science) an, auch mit der Aufforderung an den Deutschen Bundestag, einen entsprechenden Gesetzentwurf der Bundesregierung abzulehnen.

Aktionsbündnis „Urheberrecht für Bildung und Wissenschaft”
V.i.S.d.P. Prof. Dr. Rainer Kuhlen (Sprecher)

ENCES' Press Release:

ENCES strongly disapproves of the current German proposals for a new ancillary copyright in small parts of journalistic articles in favor of media publishers.

The proposed new copyright norm can develop into a serious drawback for free information exchange in the Internet. The proposal would probably make the location and use of journalistic writing generally more difficult. There is a danger that search engines and other meta-information services will cancel their existing news services which will result in a major disorientation in the highly diversified media markets.

In addition, we are concerned that any such new 'right' would obstruct the long-accepted cataloguing and indexing activities of cultural institutions.

New restrictive rights are needless and unwelcome in the very complex field of intellectual property rights. Cultural institutions already have difficulty navigating copyright prescriptions, every day, for the benefit of users of cultural material.

Rather than relying on support by copyright law we invite the media/newspaper industry to develop innovative business models which will keep both access to media information open and the media/newspaper industry active and profitable in the Internet.

ENCES appeals to the members of the German Bundestag not to approve the draft of the German Government for this new ancillary copyright in favor of media publishers. And we also appeal to law-makers in other European countries not to affiliate to this approach from Germany.

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), 372 learned societies, federations and institutions as well as more than 7,250 individuals were subscribers to this declaration.

Further information on the topic of a Copyright for Education and Research can be found at IUWIS.

February 14th 2017 fake-news

We make you aware that on the website www.publikationsfreiheit.de is being tried, to manipulate the public and in particular the authors in education and science with incorrect claims in favor of publishers' interests.
(Press Release).

January 24th 2017

The way has not yet come to an end — but the direction is right
The Coalition for Action sees in the draft bill for a "Copyright Law Knowledge Society Act — UrhWissG" from the ministry for justice an important step in the direction of an education and science-friendly copyright law.
(Press Release)

December 21st 2016 Paragraphenzeichen

The road to the One General Exception for Education and Research (ABWS) should now be free now & mdash; Go ahead, Minister Maas!
(Press Release).

December 15th 2016

KMK, VG Wort and HRK must finally create clarity
The joint press release of KMK, VG Wort and HRK from 9 December 2016 is a source of uncertainty and confusion in the universities. What should actually be done with the electronic semester apprentices from 1 January 2017? Further is currently deleted or placed texts invisible. There is a need for action!
(Press Release)

December 12th 2016 Paragraphenzeichen

And they seem to still be able to move - KMK and VG-Wort. And the university rector conference (HRK) is now on board. However, the transitional regulation from the beginning of 2017 is still unclear. Debt to the present obvious disaster around the framework contract to § 52a UrhG is ultimately the intolerable delay tactics of the policy.
(Press Release).

November 23rd 2016

Folder with our recommendations for dealing with the framework contract between KMK and VG-Wort to § 52a UrhG has been published.
(Press Release)

November 16th 2016 letter to BMJV

Offener Brief an den Bundesminister der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz Heiko Maas: „Bitte lassen Sie den Schleier von diesem verdeckten Objekt [dem Entwurf einer Bildungs- und Wissenschaftsschranke im Urheberrecht] wegreißen! Der Öffentlichkeit ist das Spiel mit Andeutungen nicht länger zuzumuten.“

November 7th 2016

No panic — the § 52a framework contract does not have to be the last word for remuneration in science copyright law
(Press Release)

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
(Press Release).

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 science-friendly copyright.
(Press Release).

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.

September 18th 2015 publication publication publication
Folders on published.
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. (more)

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 ENCES, is now arrived at the vice president, Digital Single Market of the EU Commission, Andrus Ansip, through a letter of C4C. (letter)

May 6th2015

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. (more)

older news is available from our archive
publication Folder with our recommendations for dealing with the framework contract between KMK and VG-Wort to § 52a UrhG
Version: 22 November 2016
Format: A4 duplex

on Folder on our Current Demands
Version: August 2015

on Folder on a Comprehensive Copyright Clause in Support of Education and Science
Version: August 2015

on Folder on the Right for a Second Publication for Scientific Articles
Version: July 2015

publication Information als Vitamin für Innovation: Schanken oder Lizenzen für Forschung und Lehre?
Compilation for the annual meeting on October 10, 2013

publication Breite Unterstützung für eine umfassende Verbesserung des Urheberrechts für Bildung und Wissenschaft
Evaluation of a survey and policy implications, September / October 2011

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