Secondary Publication Right: German Alliance of Science Organisations Submits Ex-planations
Since the beginning of the year, authors of scientific papers can, under specific conditions, publish their works electronically as secondary publications owing to the secondary publication right created in the course of the recent amendment of the German Copyright Act (Urheberrechtsgesetz – UrhG), § 38 Paragraph 4. The Priority Initiative “Digital Information” of the German Alliance of Science Organisations has published explanations on this topic in the form of "Frequently Asked Questions" (FAQ).
The compilation of the FAQs appeared necessary because the new regulation requires interpretation in certain areas: for example, a substantial limitation of the secondary publication right, namely the exclusion of publications originating from research activities at universities which receive core funding from public sources, cannot be directly derived from the legal text. This information is unveiled only when reading the grounds for the draft Act.
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