Copyright and licences
In everyday work, questions about copyright and licences come up repeatedly. Which licence do I choose for my publication? How may I pass on materials and in what form? Can I republish articles that have already been published? Below is some information that may help you:
With the use of CC licenses, you can specify various rights of use for works (e.g. scientific publications and research data).
On the Creative Commons page, you can get an overview of which CC licence you would like to choose for your publication by answering a few questions.
The following diagram serves to illustrate the different licences:
All rights reserved means that you own all rights (for example, the right to reproduce or the right to acknowledge authorship) in your work.
You publish an article and select "All rights reserved" as the licence.
For you, this means you have all the rights and no one else but you may do anything with this article except look at it. However, if you place the article under the Creative Commons licence, you will no longer be able to use All Rights Reserved. Why? Because you allowed everyone else to copy your article. This means that the right to reproduce is no longer "reserved". So, it's no longer "All rights reserved".
Since 1 March 2018, the Copyright Knowledge Society Act has come into force, which newly regulates copyright in the field of education and science. The most important regulations are summarised for you in a clear manner using bullet points: Copyright for lecturers (only in German).
Before posting articles in repositories, on your own website and in academic networks, you should check by means of the author's contract whether a second publication of the article is permitted.
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