Bundestag Votes in Favour of Open Access Secondary Publication Rights
On 27 June 2013, with the support of the CDU/CSU and FDP majority, the German Bundestag passed a bill introducing two copyright law reforms: first, provisions facilitating certain uses of orphan- and out-of-print works, and second a controversial provision ensuring secondary publication rights for authors of contributions to scholarly journals that appear at least bi-annually, provided the underlying research was predominantly funded by public means and conducted within the framework of public project funding or at an institutionally funded non-university research organisation. Holders of such secondary rights would be entitled to make their work openly accessible after a 12-month post-publication embargo period. The secondary-rights provision has been criticised as too restricted by the opposition parties, the Bundesrat, and science organisations.
To read the draft bill (available in German only), click here.
wisspub.net by Heinz Pampel