Universities See “Disastrous Effects” For Education, Science In German Copyright Reform
by MONIKA ERMERT
Intellectual Property Watch, publication date: 30 March 2006
"'To the general public, the continued ban on making copies of the CD you bought if it’s DRM [digital rights management] protected and the final ‘no’ to a de minimus rule in prosecution is of more interest,” says Kuhlen. “But the potential effect in research and education really is a catastrophe.”
Taken out, for example, would be paragraph 52.a of the law introduced 2003, which allowed schools and universities to make copyrighted material available in class over a school intranet or server with copyright royalties paid on a flat rate basis to the collecting societies. This would be banned in the future, according to the current draft."