Legal Opinion

Open Access – Access to scientific publications in Swiss law

On the initiative of its Main Library, the University of Zurich commissioned Professor Dr Reto M. Hilty and Dr Matthias Seemann to draw up an expert opinion on Open Access. The focus of interest is on questions of law related to what are known as repositories, i.e. internet servers that serve to make scientific publications available. In particular, the question arises of the extent to which publications that have already been published by scientific publishers are permitted to be deposited in repositories.

Professor Dr. Hilty is a director at the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich and a professor of the law of immaterial goods at the University of Zurich.

The questions and answers (FAQs) are an extraction of the legal opinion, oriented on its day-to-day practical use.