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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.

October 15 – 16, 2015Brandenburger Tor, 2009 by Th. Severiens
Annual Meeting of the Coalition in Berlin
Summary of the Presentations and Discussion

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
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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