Copyright, intellectual and performance rights

Read up on the basic rules regarding copying, scanning and sharing publications, screening movies on campus, and the use of our databases.

Copying, scanning and sharing published material of non-textbooks and German textbooks

You can scan or photocopy as per the below rules from all books and German textbooks (more information on non-German textbooks below).

  • It is allowed to use (scan or photocopy) 10% or a max. of 20 pages of a book or the full text if it has only up to 25 pages.
  • You can scan or photocopy from an individual book only once per school year and only for one distinct course.
  • Scanning and distributing chapters electronically is only allowed for books published in 2005 or later.
  • Photocopying chapters is allowed for all books without date restriction.
  • The source (author, title, publisher, year and page nos.) is to be quoted on all scans and photocopies.
  • Electronic copies may be emailed to students, presented via a beamer/whiteboard and saved on devices (if not accessible by 3rd parties), but must not be saved to learning platforms such as Moodle.
  • You can photocopy articles for your students from scholarly and professional journals if the article is no longer than 25 pages.
  • For your own use, you can photocopy max. 1 journal article per journal issue.
  • Electronic publications are regulated by the licensing policies of the publisher.

More information on the German laws (in German).

Copying, scanning and sharing published material of non-German textbooks

Copying and scanning of UK and US-published (and other non-German) textbooks  requires the permission of the publisher.

Screening films at the College

Screening films within the classroom is allowed without restrictions. Permission is, however, needed for screening films outside of the classroom to a student audience beyond a single course/class. The College has purchased a license authorizing such screenings which covers the productions of almost all big as well as many independent studios. Anyone planning a screening outside of the classroom should email hidden; JavaScript is required with the name of the film and the producing studio and we can check whether it is covered by our license. As the license covers the campus as a physical place, these rules also apply to DVDs that are not in our own collection, e.g., private copies or from other libraries.

Use of our licensed databases

Questia School
Permitted Use:
“You may use the Questia research service for your personal or academic research activities. Any other use, including the reproduction, modification, distribution, transmission, republication, display, performance, re-hosting, tampering, framing, or embedding of this site or its content or tools, or any commercial use whatsoever of this Web site or its content or its tools, is strictly prohibited without our prior written consent.”
Restrictions on Use: “Your access to this service is controlled by your username and password. You agree not to share your password with anyone else.”
Plagiarism and Commercial Use Prohibited:You agree not to misuse our research service to plagiarize or represent the work of others as your own. You may not make any commercial use of this service [and] are not permitted to copy any portion of our site for distribution to others other than in the normal course of your personal or academic research.”


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