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

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German government proposes copyright amendment granting a right of secondary publication (green road) bruch 2/21/13 3:33 AM

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

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