Press release 05/10|
30 June 2010
ENCES – New European lobby organisation for Copyright in Education and Science founded
The Coalition for Action "Copyright for Education and Research" is pleased to announce:
A new academic organisation dealing with copyright in a European context was founded on 29 June
2010 in Berlin. The "European Network for Copyright in Support of Education and Science (ENCES)" is
working towards the improvement of the European Copyright legislation with a focus on the needs of
education and science. The members of the group consider worldwide and unlimited access to
information a necessity so that European researchers and academics can continue to work on the
cutting-edge of research and stay connected to the international developments in science. Even
though digital communication made information more available and accessible than ever before in
the history of mankind, copyright regimes increasingly erect artificial borders that get in the way of
scientific freedom and the pursuit of knowledge.
In the European Union copyright legislation is no longer merely a national issue but operates on the
level of a system of European framework directives. For that reason it is crucial for the European
research community to come together and work through the pressing issues surrounding intellectual
property and information regimes in order to be able to represent their essential interests.
All individuals and organisations supporting the objectives of ENCES and residing in a European
country are welcome to become members of the association. ENCES is presently in the process of
completing the bureaucratic requirements to register as an association in accordance with the
German law and subsequently plans to apply for charitable status. As soon as the registration will be
accomplished the first full general meeting of ENCES will take place.
Please find more information and contact at the website of ENCES.
Prof. Dr. Rainer Kuhlen
Speaker for the Coalition for Action "Copyright for Education and Science"
The Coalition for Action "Copyright for Education and Research"
(http://www.urheberrechtsbuendnis.de/) was founded in 2004 in connection with
the amendment of copyright legislation in Germany. The Coalition for Action
lobbies for a balanced copyright and demands free access to worldwide
information at any time from anywhere for everybody active in public education
and research. The Coalition for Action is based on the Göttingen Declaration on
Copyright for Education and Research of 5 July 2004. Six members of the alliance
of German research organizations (Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der
angewandten Forschung e.V., Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren
e.V., Hochschulrektorenkonferenz, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft,
Wissenschaftsgemeinschaft Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz e.V. and Wissenschaftsrat),
more than 365 learned societies, federations and institutions as well as more
than 7,200 individuals were subscribers to this declaration. Speakers of the
Coalition for Action are Prof. Dr. Kuhlen (Konstanz), Dr. Müller (Heidelberg),
Dr. Sepp (Kassel). More information on demand by: rainer.kuhlen at uni-konstanz.de, hmueller at mpil.de and sepp at
Further information on the topic of a Copyright for Education and Research can be
found at IUWIS.
|Next Relevant Dates|
|November 11, 2014
November 17 – 18, 2014
Annual meeting of the Coalition for Action in Berlin
(program and registration from August)
|July 17th 2014
Strategy of the Federal Government on the European Research Area (ERA):
"The Federal Government is striving to improve copyright law and thus take greater consideration of the needs of science, research and education in the digital age and to tap the potential of digitization in these areas. Specifically, it aims to introduce a blanket exemption for teaching and research purposes."
|May 15th 2014
The Coalition for Action supports the initiative taken for immediate open access to research articles and agains long embargo periods.
(text of the statement)
|May 11th 2014
Prof. Dr. Rainer Kuhlen:
„Eine umfassende Bildungs- und Wissenschaftsklausel wird gebraucht, keine leicht auszuhebelnde Schranke! Die vom Aktionsbündnis vorgeschlagene Klausel
formuliert einen umfassenden Rechtsanspruch für freie Nutzung von publiziertem Wissen in Wissenschaft und Bildung.”
December 2nd 2013:|
Die Landesregierung Baden-Württemberg betritt in Sachen Open Access Neuland
November 27th 2013:|
Bildungs- und Wissenschaftsschranke im Koalitionsvertrag
Oktober 14th 2013:|
Zehn Forderungen gegen den Reformstau beim Wissenschaftsurheberrecht
Information als Vitamin für Innovation: Schanken 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
Flyer of the Coalition
facebook page of the Coalition
project is developing a social networking for the topic of copyright in
education and research.