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Interim agreement on the use of written works for teaching and research at universities

Interim agreement on the use of written works for teaching and research at universities

The Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK), collecting society VG Wort and the HRK have agreed that another lump sum payment will be made for uses under section 52a of the UrhG, the German Copyright Act, at universities up to 30 September 2017. The background to this decision is an agreement in principle signed today, in which the framework agreement between the Federal and State Governments and VG Wort dated 22/28.09.2016 – and therefore also the individual recording and remuneration agreed therein – have been suspended by mutual consent until 30 September 2017. It was originally anticipated that from 1 January 2017 uses of copyright-protected written works under section 52a of the UrhG would be settled with VG WORT by the universities themselves, which are parties to the framework agreement, based on the recording of individual use.

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Research data management: Germany must catch up – stimuli from Federal and State Governments vital

Research data management: Germany must catch up – stimuli from Federal and State Governments vital

"Germany is a developing country when it comes to information infrastructures. Government must not only coordinate the necessary swift and sustainable development, but also provide financial stimuli," said HRK-President Horst Hippler on the occasion of a HRK workshop on the future of research data management . In a joint statement, the approximately 50 participating university management representatives refer to research data as "a valuable asset with great potential for academia, society and industry". Its professional management and the implementation of appropriate infrastructures is an essential condition of excellent research, they add.

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Designing copyright rules supportive of education and research: HRK supports Bundesrat recommendations on EU rules

Designing copyright rules supportive of education and research: HRK supports Bundesrat recommendations on EU rules

“The HRK unconditionally supports the recommendations made by the Bundesrat towards a European copyright law supportive of education and research,” said the President of the HRK, Horst Hippler, in advance of the Bundesrat debate tomorrow on the proposals by the EU Commission on copyright law in the digital single market. “The HRK has been also calling for a harmonisation of copyright rules at European level for a long time in its capacity as a member of the Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany. Science lives on the unimpeded exchange of information and publications – including across national borders. It is therefore imperative that regulations be created at European level that do justice to these requirements and at the same time provide for a fair balance between copyright creators and users.”

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