Fri, Oct. 24, 2008

Web Deposits Required

CK - Washington.   Like the Library of Congress, Deutsche Nationalbiblithek serves as a depositary for published works. On October 23, 2008, a statutory amendment expanded the deposit requirement to include Internet publications.

The extraterritorial reach of the new regulation, Pflicht­ablieferungs­verordnung, will be an interesting issue to watch. International publishers protested in an uproar some twenty years ago when the Library of Congress expanded its reach and attempted to enforce deposits on foreign publications.

The definition of Internet publications subject to the German deposit requirement is vague. There is an ongoing discussion in Germany about the application of the regulation to non-commercial Internet publications. The regulation implements §20 of the Statute on the German National Library. DNB maintains a FAQ on web publications.


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