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.
For the purpose of illustrating for teaching, you may make available in electronic form on a non-commercial basis:
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
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)
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.
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 can be accessed via the Primo catalog. Use Primo’s permalink functionality to link from ILIAS to a specific item in the catalog.
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.
What other alternatives exist to provide students with materials?
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.
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
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.
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.