Changes to the use of copyright-protected content in accordance with §52a UrhG

Changes to the use of copyright-protected content in accordance with §52a UrhG

Paragraph 52a UrhG

As of 1 January 2017, a new framework contract governs the collection of royalties under § 52a of the German Copyright Act (Urheberrechtsgesetz; UrhG). This contract was concluded between the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs (Kultusministerkonferenz) and the VG Wort collecting agency. Under the new contract, the flat-rate payment scheme by the federal states will be scrapped and a new scheme put in place, requiring notification of VG Wort of each individual use of protected content and payment by the respective university. Due to the enormous administrative burden imposed by this change, the University – together with other Bavarian universities – has decided not to enter into this framework contract.

Update as of 23 December 2016

The system of flat-rate payments to VG Wort for royalties accrued in accordance with §52a UrhG, which has been in place thus far, will remain in operation until 30 September 2017. Until then, lecturers may continue to upload copyright-protected texts, as permitted by law, in our virtual learning environments, such as Stud.IP, ILIAS and Moodle as well as in the electronic reserve collections; at the same time, students are allowed to download the relevant texts.

What material can be scanned and published on Stud.IP? - see Reserve Collections