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[BOAI] German government proposes copyright amendment granting a right of secondary publication (green road)

From: "Christoph Bruch" <bruch AT zedat.fu-berlin.de>
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 12:33:23 +0100



Dear All,

 

Yesterday the German government released a draft version for an amendment to
the German Copyright Act (Urheberrechtsgesetz), s. attachment.

 

The amendment covers several issues, one of those is of special interest for
this list: a regulation concerning the green road to open access

 

The German research community and the German Länder (states) have been
advocating this “right of secondary publication” for several years.

 

The faith of the bill is unclear as the current legislature ends in
September already.

 

The draft bill has not been formally introduced  in parliament (Bundestag)
yet and the governing coalition is divided on the issue.

 

Regards

 

Christoph

 

 

Paragraph to be added to section 38 of the German copyright act

 

(4) Der Urheber eines wissenschaftlichen Beitrags, der im Rahmen einer
mindestens zur Hälfte mit öffentlichen Mitteln finanzierten Lehr- und
Forschungstätigkeit entstanden und in einer periodisch mindestens zweimal
jährlich erscheinenden Sammlung erschienen ist, hat auch dann, wenn er dem
Verleger oder Herausgeber ein ausschließliches Nutzungsrecht eingeräumt hat,
das Recht, den Beitrag nach Ablauf von zwölf Monaten seit der
Erstveröffentlichung in der akzeptierten Manuskriptversion öffentlich
zugänglich zu machen, soweit dies keinem gewerblichen Zweck dient. Die
Quelle der Erstveröffentlichung ist anzugeben. Eine zum Nachteil des
Urhebers abweichende Vereinbarung ist unwirksam.

 

4) Even if copyright was transferred exclusively to the publisher, the
author of a scientific contribution, which stems from at least half publicly
funded research and teaching activities and published in a periodical which
is at least published twice yearly, has the right to make the accepted
manuscript version of the contribution publicly available (internet) after
the expiration of twelve months after the first publication, provided this
serves no commercial purpose and the source of the original publication is
indicated. A deviating agreement to the disadvantage of the author is
invalid.

 

Please find the full bill attached.

 

Regards,

 

Christoph

 

 

Christoph Bruch

Helmholtz Association

Helmholtz Open Access Coordination Office

M: christoph.bruch AT oa.helmholtz.de

W: http://oa.helmholtz.de

P: +49 (0)471 - 48 31 23 25

 

 

 


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