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Sunday, March 22, 2009

German petition against Google Books and OA

The Heidelberg Appeal is a sign-on petition (in German) against Google Books which appeared recently on the web site of Heidelberg's Institut für Textkritik (ITK).  The gist of it is that Google Books violates copyright and the freedom of authors.  But in an aside it criticizes the Allianz der deutschen Wissenschaftsorganisationen (Alliance for German Science Organizations) for advocating an unlawful interference with the freedom of authors, apparently by supporting OA.  Read the petition in German or Google's English.

The authors of the petition do not identify themselves.  It may be a coincidence, but ITK is the home institution of Roland Reuß, who triggered an intense controversy with a jeremiad against OA last month in the Frankfurter Allgemeiner Zeitung.  He has also condemned Google Books.

PS:  Also see our past posts on the Allianz der deutschen Wissenschaftsorganisationen.


Update (3/26/09).  Also see the response from 10 major German science organizations to the Heidelberg Appeal.

Update (3/26/09).  Also see Christian Hauschke's extensive collection of other responses to the Heidelberg Appeal.  (Thanks to Klaus Graf.)  Read Hauschke's page in German or Google's English.