Hi all,

@Jens: Thx for the warm welcome. The settling in is not quite done yet. I'm still watching/learning and trying to tend to urgent things on the way. The justice ministry is high on the meeting agenda, a direct contact to the head of their copyright unit exists. Their ideas and initiatives around exceptions & limitations definitely touch on Wikiprojects. Any concrete suggestions welcome. Main items on this year's WMDE work plan regarding lawmaking are public works, freedom of panorama, database directive and ancillary publichers right, the three last of which happen mainly on the EU level as yet.


2016-06-01 8:01 GMT+02:00 Mathias Schindler <mathias.schindler@gmail.com>:

On Tue, May 17, 2016 at 11:33 PM, Jens Best <best.jens@gmail.com> wrote:

> I heard that the German ministry of justice is reevaluating the
> "Schrankenregeln" (kind of the German version of fair use) as one aspect of
> this year's copyright laws reevaluation. Wouldn't that be a possible focus
> which relates to the volunteer work of the Wikiprojects?

a more precise translation of Schrankenregeln is "limitations and
exceptions" in copyright. EU member states can implement exceptions
listed in the InfoSoc Directive, they are not allowed to implement
exceptions not listed there. The current German government has
announced to adjust certain exceptions dealing with education. Other
than that, the introduction of a fair use clause in German copyright
would require some legislation on the EU level*


* (Martin Senftleben is slightly more optimistic here

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