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Re: Licensing issues with a research project

From: Florian Weimer
Subject: Re: Licensing issues with a research project
Date: Wed, 19 Aug 2009 07:41:22 +0200

* Alexander Terekhov:

> The German copyright act doesn't recognize the concept of "work for
> hire" in which the copyright (Urheberrecht) is owned by employer.

The exploitation rights for computer programs are automatically
transferred to the employer, see ยง69b UrhG.  Keep in mind that this
does not apply to results of master theses etc. when the student was
unpaid; thesis-for-copyright contracts are void because of their
exploitative nature.

The institute/department doesn't own the copyright because it's not a
legal entity according to the laws regulating universities.  The
university owns the copyright (unless it has been transferred to the
department chair or something like that).

Tassilo, your best chance will be to have everyone relicense their
stuff under a common license.  This is quite painful, and may not be
possible in the end.  And you should really ask your technology
licensing bureau for advice.

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