The Open Access Working Group of the Alliance of German Science Organisations' priority initiative "Digital Information" has produced legal guidelines for making older publications freely accessible online. The manual has its origin in a workshop conducted jointly by the Alliance's Open Access Working Group and the Information Platform Open Access in May 2009 at Goettingen State and University Library (SUB). During this workshop, legal experts and library practitioners discussed problems relating to the handling of publications that are subject to Section 137(l) of the German Copyright Act (UrhG). The proposed solutions, the rudiments of which were discussed at the workshop, were systematised and elaborated by Dr Till Kreutzer. The end result is a manual that libraries and repository operators can use in their day-to-day work.
Legal guidelines for making older publications accessible online (PDF, 913 KB; available in German only)
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