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Digital or paper reproductions made for scientific research are subject to copyright law (Urheberrechtsgesetz - UrhG). Section 60c specifies the conditions for such use.

Copyright Law, Section 60c: Scientific research

Excerpt from the Copyright Law of 9 September 1965, most recently amended by Article 1 of the law of 1 September 2017 (Federal Law Gazette I p. 3346):

Section 60c Scientific research

(1) Up to 15 percent of a work may be reproduced, distributed and made available to the public for the purpose of non-commercial scientific research

1. for a specifically limited circle of persons for their personal scientific research and
2. for individual third persons insofar as this serves the monitoring of the quality of scientific research.

(2) Up to 75 percent of a work may be reproduced for personal scientific research.

(3) In derogation from subsections (1) and (2), full use may be made of illustrations, isolated articles from the same professional or scientific journal, other small-scale works and out-of-commerce works.

(4) Subsections (1) to (3) do not authorize the recording of the public recitation, performance or presentation of a work onto a video or audio recording medium and the subsequent making available to the public of that recording.

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