Copyright

The holdings of Erfurt University Library are available for personal and scientific use (§ 2 Abs. 2 ThürBibRG) . The user is responsible for compliance with any legal regulations (Urheberrechtsgesetz, Bundesdatenschutzgesetz) and can be held liable in case of misuse. The most important copyright rules in short:

 

General

The author of an original work has legal protection ( § 1 Urheberrechtsgesetz) and the exclusive rights to its use and distribution. Copyright expires 70 years after the author’s death (§ 64 Urheberrechtsgesetz). From this date the work is a public domain.

Copying and scanning

For personal and academic use only parts of books and journals may be copied without special consent of the holder of the rights. For example, you may copy single articles, but not entire volumes of journals. A complete copy/scan exists even if small parts, e.g. table of contents or index, are left out. If a public domain work has been out of print for at least two years, complete copies for your own personal and academic use may be made. Music notes should not be copied without prior consent, but may be written down by hand.

Electronic journals and e-books

Terms and conditions of use of the publisher or the provider must be read prior to use and must be complied with. The use of digital media is usually only permitted for members of Erfurt University for personal and academic purposes. Any form of commercial use is not permitted. Circulation of articles or chapters to a third person is not permitted.

Only single pages or chapters may be copied or printed. Systematical download of articles, chapters or search results by using robots, rooting systems, so-called spiders or crawlers etc. is not permitted. Failure to keep to these conditions may result in the blocking of the access for the complete campus. Providers monitor the download with the help of technical equipment.

For detailed terms of use, please refer to the terms and conditions of the providers. Bypassing any copy protections of digital media (e.g. DVD and Blue-Ray) or computer programs with the assistance of any tools is also a violation of the copyright and not permitted.

 Conditions of use and access

Digital learning rooms and course collections (digital teaching)

In digital teaching at universities, there is a number of things to bear in mind when using printed and electronic resources of the University of Erfurt in electronic learning rooms and course collections.

Please find a summary of the most important aspects here:

1. Copyright law (§60a UrhG) regulates that up to a maximum of 15% of the content of a printed publication or a digital resource or an entire essay from the same can be made accessible in electronic learning rooms and course collections.

2. This applies to excerpts from digital resources whose licence agreements were concluded after 1 March 2018.

3. The University Library, however, also holds many licence agreements that were concluded before 1 March 2018. Here, individual terms and conditions of use regarding the use in electronic learning rooms and course collections have to be observed.

Appendix a) lists all publishers in alphabetical order whose licence agreements state positive clauses regarding electronic course collections, readers or learning platforms. It is important to note that only up to a maximum of 15% of the content or one complete journal article can be made accessible on electronic learning platforms, readers or course collections.

Appendix b) lists all publishers in alphabetical order whose licence agreements state negative clauses regarding electronic course collections, readers or learning platforms. Here, neither the 15% already mentioned nor complete journal articles can be made accessible on electronic learning platforms, readers or term papers.

Appendix a: Licence agreements stating positive clauses (PDF)                    

Appendix b: Licence agreements stating negative clauses (PDF)

4. If you cannot or do not want to deal with details, you should definitely refrain from using original excerpts of electronic resources on digital learning rooms. Instead refer to these resources via a link.

Dr. Franziska Wein
Head of Department Collection Development / Electronic Publishing
(Erfurt University Library)
Universitätsbibliothek (UB) / room 054

Legal bases:

Bundesdatenschutzgesetz

Urheberrechtsgesetz

ThürBibRG (Thüringer Bibliotheksrechtsgesetz)