Why are the Coalition and its actions important?
Dr. Andrea Kamphuis
freelance science writer
“As a freelance science writer, I am quite often confronted with 'closed doors' or
unduly high paywalls during my literature research. Lacking institutional affiliations,
freelancers have to either refrain from thorough research or obtain the necessary literature
by dubious means. I am member of the steering board of the Coalition because I want to work
towards a copyright law that releases freelance science writers from this
Dr. Joachim Meier
“The last major change to the copyright law took place in 1966 and significantly weakened the legal position of the author in relation to the publisher.
In the field of science this can be seen in contracts such as 'Copyright Transfer Agreements', with which especially transnationally established publishers and those specializing in science media have the authors' exploitation rights exclusively transferred to them to the maximum extent and relating to each element of the work.
This situation is unbalanced and constitutes a strong hindrance to science communication.
In copyright law, science authors as creators in particular, but also as users of works, ought to be given more privileges
Prof. Dr. Dr. E. R. Hilf
“As a professional scientist, external to a University, I am asked by
scientific publishers and academic hiring committees to act as referee, of
course on a honorary basis. For this I have to skim through several to many
scientific papers for each referee report. But the commercial publishers
insist that I pay about 30,- Euro for each (!) article to look through. Thus
they obstruct the necessary work of refereeing from which they then profit
by claiming a reputation as publishing a refereed journal.”
The Coalition for Action is based on the Göttingen Declaration which was signed since 2004 by research organizations, professional societies, institutions and individuals.
[list of signatories]
The signatories meet once a year to elect the steering board, which in turn elects the board of speakers from their midst.
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|Next Relevant Dates|
6. November 2020
Jahrestagung des Aktionsbündnisse (online)
Ein Status-Überblick zum Urheberrecht — national und in Europa
Programm und Anmeldung
|April 6th 2021
The coaltion of action takes a position on the "draft law to adapt copyright law to the requirements of the digital single market".
Opinion of April 6, 2021 on the Draft Law.
Opinion of Februar 22, 2021 on the Draft Law.
Opinion of November 6, 2020 on the Draft Bill.
|October 7th 2020
Published by de Gruyter:
Rainer Kuhlen, „Die Transformation der Informationsmärkte in Richtung Nutzungsfreiheit — Alternativen zur Als-ob-Regulierung im Wissenschaftsurheberrecht“.
Online unter DOI: 10.1515/9783110693447
|February 28th 2018
UrhWissG comes into force — not a big progress, but greater legal certainty and some improvements
|November 20th 2017
All presentations given at our anual meeting on November 8, 2017 are available online:
|June 7th 2017
The copyright reform (UrhWissG) was passed — facilitation, but no reason to cheer
|June 26th 2017
An appeal to the German Bundestag: The UrhWissG has to be passed without restrictions within this legislative period.
The Coalition for Action calls on the two chairmen of the CDU/CSU and of the SPD, Volker Kauder and Thomas Oppermann,
to release the governmental draft for the German Copyright Act for the vote in the Bundestag, and then
we call the members of the Bundestag to eatablish the law without restrictions.
|May 22nd 2017
FAZ, you can not win this fight — distorted journalism in terms of copyright by publisher and managing director of FAZ newspaper
The action alliance criticizes the open letter of the editors and managing directors to the German Bundesrat of 12.5.2017 and of the 18.05.2017 to the deputies of the German Bundestag.
Through these letters the "makers" of the newspaper try to exert pressure on the legislature. This behavior can only be described as unusual and extremely dubious.
|May 10th 2017
Der Bundesrat sollte sich nicht von den Untergangsszenarien des Börsenvereins blenden lassen.
Wir haben in einer Stellungnahme an den Bundesrat diesen aufgefordert, den Gesetzesentwurf zum
„Urheberrechts-Wissensgesellschafts-Gesetz — UrhWissG“ anlässlich seiner Plenarsitzung am
12. Mai 2017 nicht aufzuhalten, sondern im Prinzip zu unterstützen.
|April 27th 2017
Die Zeit drängt: Bildung und Wissenschaft brauchen eine Reform des Urheberrechts!
Wir unterstützen weiter den vom Bundeskabinett beschlossenen Gesetzentwurf für eine Reform des Urheberrechts, jedoch
bedauern wir die Verschlechterungen des Regierungsentwurfs im Vergleich zum Referentenentwurf.
|February 14th 2017
We make you aware that on the website
www.publikationsfreiheit.de is being tried, to manipulate
the public and in particular the authors in education and science with incorrect claims in favor of
|January 24th 2017
The way has not yet come to an end — but the direction is right
The Coalition for Action sees in the draft bill for a "Copyright Law Knowledge Society Act —
UrhWissG" from the ministry for justice an important step in the direction of an education and science-friendly copyright law.
|December 21st 2016
The road to the One General Exception for Education and Research (ABWS) should now be free now & mdash; Go ahead, Minister Maas!
|December 15th 2016
KMK, VG Wort and HRK must finally create clarity
The joint press release of KMK, VG Wort and HRK from 9 December 2016 is a source of uncertainty and confusion in the universities.
What should actually be done with the electronic semester apprentices from 1 January 2017? Further is currently
deleted or placed texts invisible. There is a need for action!
|December 12th 2016
And they seem to still be able to move - KMK and VG-Wort. And the university rector conference (HRK) is now on board.
However, the transitional regulation from the beginning of 2017 is still unclear.
Debt to the present obvious disaster around the framework
contract to § 52a UrhG is ultimately the intolerable delay tactics of the policy.
|November 23rd 2016
Folder with our recommendations for dealing with the framework contract between KMK and VG-Wort to § 52a UrhG has been published.
|November 16th 2016
Offener Brief an den Bundesminister der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz Heiko Maas: „Bitte lassen Sie den Schleier von
diesem verdeckten Objekt [dem Entwurf einer Bildungs- und Wissenschaftsschranke im Urheberrecht] wegreißen!
Der Öffentlichkeit ist das Spiel mit Andeutungen nicht länger zuzumuten.“
|older news is available from our archive|
All presentations given at our anual meeting von November 8, 2017 are online available:
Was wissen Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler
über ihre Urheberrechte,
wie handeln sie, und was wünschen sie?
- Studie im Auftrag des Urheberrecht für Bildung und Wissenschaft e.V.
Folder with our recommendations for dealing with the framework contract between KMK and VG-Wort to § 52a UrhG
- Version: 22 November 2016
- Format: A4 duplex
Folder on our Current Demands
- Version: August 2015
Folder on a Comprehensive Copyright Clause in Support of Education and Science
- Version: August 2015
Folder on the Right for a Second Publication for Scientific Articles
- Version: July 2015
Information als Vitamin für Innovation: Schranken oder Lizenzen für Forschung und Lehre?
- Compilation for the annual meeting on October 10, 2013
Breite Unterstützung für eine umfassende Verbesserung des Urheberrechts für Bildung und Wissenschaft
- Evaluation of a survey and policy implications, September / October 2011
facebook page of the Coalition
project is developing a social networking for the topic of copyright in
education and research.