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The Bundesrat, the Federal Council that represents the sixteen German Länder, announced the introduction of secondary exploitation rights for the authors of scientific articles in periodical works. This is an amendment to the Copyright Act, which implements the European Directive 2012/28/EU on certain permitted uses of orphan works in the German national law.
In the last months, the government – composed of CDU/CSU and FDP – has been pushed to address this issue following the requests of several scientific associations such as the Allianz der Wissenschaftsorganisationen, the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft and the Wissenschaftsrat. In February 2013 the Federal Ministry of Justice submitted the first draft to guarantee the exploitation of secondary inalienable rights.
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