On 29 June 2010 the Association European Network for Copyright in Support of Education and Science (ENCES) e.V. was founded.
ENCES e.V. is an Association according to German Civil Code, Section 21-79 ("eingetragener Verein"). The Association is registered at Amtsgericht Charlottenburg, Registry Number VR 29827 B. The German Inland Revenue conceded the status as a not-for-profit organization on 16 July 2015.
The Preamble reads as follows:
ENCES (European Network for Copyright in Support of Education and Science) is an EU-wide network of organisations and individuals in education and research who advocate an education- and research-friendly copyright. At the same time ENCES advocates for the access to knowledge and information produced in science, research, education, the arts and culture for the general public.
Accordingly, ENCES' basic assumption is that knowledge and information in their digital form should be made available to everyone from everywhere and at any time under fair conditions. This is particularly true in scholarship and education, where free access to knowledge and information is indispensable for the progress of scholarship and for the quality of society’s educational level. Therefore copyright, which regulates the access to knowledge and information and to objects of cultural value, has to be framed in a way that it (a) does not encumber the justifiable interests of all scholars in an unhindered access to knowledge and information in the digital age and (b) preserves the right of all citizens of our society to have free access to the objects of artistic and cultural value for the purpose of education, especially via the internet. ENCES lobbies for these aims. The Association is a forum for the development of an understanding of copyright which would enable education, scholarship and research to exploit the potential of electronic environments for the production, distribution and usage of knowledge and information for the benefit of the general public.
To read the entire Constitution please download the PDF:
Note: Only the German version of the Constitution is legally binding.
If you want to become a member, please contact us or send us the completed membership application form [pdf].
List of Members
For reasons of data protection individual members are not listed here.
- Tallinn University Press (TLU Press), Estonia
- University of Tartu Library, Estonia
- University College London (UCL), United Kingdom
- University of Latvia, Latvia
- CONUL, Ireland
The Executive Board of ENCES e.V. consists of:
- Prof. Dr. Rainer Kuhlen, Chair
- Konstantin Baierer, Secretary
- Thomas Severiens, Treasurer