You are here: Home News Copyright-Knowledge-Society-Act passed
Date: Jul 26, 2017

Copyright-Knowledge-Society-Act passed Remuneration package for the use of material in learning management systems ensured until 2023.

On July 7, Germany’s Bundesrat approved the Urheberrechts-Wissensgesellschafts-Gesetz (UrhWissG) [Copyright-Knowledge-Society-Act], which had been passed by the Bundestag one week earlier.
The new regulations on the use of copyrighted material in education and science enter into force on March 1, 2018 and are initially limited to a period of five years. After four years there will be an evaluation. The UrhWissG reorganizes scientific copyright law by combining numerous previously scattered educational and science-specific copyright restrictions in the newly created Sections 60 a to h.

One of the most important points from the point of view of the universities: The new regulation clearly rejects publishers' demands for the individual recording and billing of the use of material in electronic learning management systems, at the University of Bonn: eCampus.

The "Section 52a crisis" of last autumn will therefore not be repeated in the next five years. For the transitional period until the end of February 2018, an extension of the current compromise (suspension of the controversial framework contract of September 2016) by the responsible contractors VG WORT, KMK and HRK is to be expected.

Dr. Ulrich Meyer-Doerpinghaus, Director of the ULB Bonn, rates the amendment as follows: “The new law contains numerous improvements for teaching and research as well as libraries. It supports scientific practice in the digital age. A drawback is that contributions in newspapers and periodicals aimed at the general public are practically exempt from the new restrictions. This is particularly difficult for those sciences for which these media form an important working basis. The limitation of the law is also regrettable, as it means that the sometimes rather heated discussion on the utilization authorizations of science will continue. Those representing the interests of science and libraries will have to continue to lobby intensively to ensure that the new rules are maintained and further improved."

Document Actions