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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 physik.uni-kassel.de.

Further information on the topic of a Copyright for Education and Research can be found at IUWIS.

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