Rights and licences

Professor Reto M. Hilty, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law and Full Professor at the University of Zurich, and Dr Matthias Seemann, a lawyer at Vischer AG, were commissioned by the University of Zurich to produce a legal opinion on the operation of repositories. Special emphasis is placed on republication in repositories.

Legal opinion:
Hilty, Reto M.; Seemann, Matthias (2009): Open Access – Zugang zu wissenschaftlichen Publikationen im schweizerischen Recht [Open Access – Access to scientific publications in Swiss law]. Legal opinion commissioned by the University of Zurich. Zurich.

Further information may be found in the FAQs of Zurich Central Library.

The authors of academic and artistic works use Creative Commons licences to specify the legal conditions under which their works may be published, disseminated and used. The licences are available in over 60 languages and are legally valid throughout the world. They feature a variety of icons which indicate the conditions that must be respected during re-use. They are therefore easy to understand, and users know exactly what they may use the works for – even if they do not have legal expertise.

CC licences function as a modular system. The licence conditions can be combined with each other, giving a choice of six different licences in all. Depending on the combination, a liberal or restrictive use of the content may be permitted.

Funding agencies and universities recommend the use of the most open licence, such as CC BY.

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