Switzerland: court rules on copyright and document delivery

Federal Supreme Court finds in favour of document delivery service.

In 2011, three international publishing firms (Elsevier, Springer  and Georg Thiem) filed a claim against ETH Zurich and the ETH-Bibliothek, claiming that their document delivery service breached Swiss copyright law.

The Swiss Federal Supreme Court has concluded that libraries do not infringe copyright by providing copies of scientific publications.  This decision overturns a decision made earlier in 2014 by the Swiss Commercial Court which found broadly in favour of the publishers.

The ETH Bibliothek will continue to be able to send copies of publications to interested users in Switzerland.  It has claimed the decision will 'safeguard Switzerland as a hub for science'.

Source ETH Zurich.  Spotted by Marydee Ojala.