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Digital Course Reserves

Would you like to make copyright protected materials available to the participants of your course via the learning platform ILIAS? From 1 March 2018, a new provision for digital course reserves is in force.

With the commencement of the Act to Align Copyright Law with the Current Demands of the Knowledgebased Society (Urheberrechts-Wissensgesellschafts-Gesetz – UrhWissG), the former provision on digital course reserves in section 52a of the German Act on Copyright and Related Rights (UrhG) is replaced by section 60a UrhG.

The Main Conditions

For the purpose of illustrating for teaching, you may make available in electronic form on a non-commercial basis:

  • up to 15 percent of a published work
  • illustrations, individual articles from the same professional or scientific journal, other small-scale works and out-of-print works in full

Articles from newspapers or popular magazines may not be made available in full. “Small-scale works” means printed works up to 25 pages, sheet music up to 6 pages, and videos and music up to 5 minutes.

The materials may only be made available

  • for teachers and participants at the respective event – e. g. password-protected on ILIAS
  • for teachers and examiners at the same educational establishment, and
  • for third persons insofar as this serves to present lessons or lectures or the results of tuition or training or the learning outcomes at the educational establishment.
More information

Section 60a UrhG – Teaching in educational establishments

Bundesministerium der Justiz und für Verbraucherschutz (BMJV) (01.09.2017): Gesetz zur Angleichung des Urheberrechts an die aktuellen Erfordernisse der Wissensgesellschaft (UrhWissG) – Gesetzgebungsverfahren

Kreutzer, Till/Hirche, Tom (Oktober 2017): Rechtsfragen zur Digitalisierung in der Lehre: Praxisleitfaden zum Recht bei E-Learning, OER und Open Content (PDF, 796 KB, only available in German)

Alternatives for Press Articles

Copyright protected articles from newspapers or popular magazines may not be made available in full. However, we provide you and your students with access to press articles through our licensed online editions and press archives.

Digital Ressources

In future, contracts cannot restrict or deny a use permitted under section 60a UrhG. However, this applies only to contracts concluded from 1 March 2018. For e-books and articles from e-journals already licensed by Mannheim University Library, you can provide links to these ressources in ILIAS.

E-books

E-books can be accessed via the Primo catalog. Use Primo’s permalink functionality to link from ILIAS to a specific item in the catalog.

E-journals

At present you have access to around 31.000 e-journals. E-journals can be accessed via Primo, via the Electronic Journal Library (EZB), or in article databases. Many journals support permalinks that can be included in ILIAS.

Access to e-books und e-journals

Members of the University can access electronic media for which the University Library has a license on site, and via the WLAN network eduroam. Remote access is possible via virtual private network (VPN). A few database providers do not allow VPN.

More Alternatives

What other alternatives exist to provide students with materials?

Works under Open Licenses

Materials under open licenses, e.g. Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY), can be used according to the license terms and regardless of section 60a UrhG.

Thee OERinfo website provides information on Open Educational Resources (OER). OER can be obtained from the platform OER Commons.

Put items on Course Reserves

Do you want to set aside recommended books for class use? We can prepare course reserves from our collections according to your wishes in one of our library sections.

More information on course reserves

Submit Acquisition Requests

Are you missing an important item in our portfolio, or do you need more items of a specific book? The University Library will be pleased to receive your acquisition requests. Please state how many items are needed and if an electronic version is preferred.

Acquisition requests can be posted via a central form.

Share Reading Lists

You can include reading lists with references to print literature available at Mannheim University Library in ILIAS, in order to help students to get access to these items in the library.

Contact

Learning platform ILIAS
ILIAS-Beratung, Referat Hoschschuldidaktik: ilias(at)ssl.uni-mannheim.de

Licensing of electronic media
Team E-Medien, UB Mannheim: e-medien(at)bib.uni-mannheim.de

Support for questions regarding copyright
Dr. Marion von Francken-Welz, UB Mannheim

My library account Available Seats Opening Hours Information & Advice Chat (Mon-Fri 10am-6pm)
InfoCenter
+49 621 181 2948
Schloss Schneckenhof West
D 68131 Mannheim
Germany