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Collective work in publishing

In the publishing industry, a compilation of works (also: editors' writing ) is a specialist book edited by a publisher with several authors who provide articles on a special subject . In the case of extensive topics, the work can also consist of several volumes . A special form of compilations are encyclopedias and proceedings (publication of conference papers ). The editor doesn't always have to be a publisher. Often it is (at least formally) the highest ranking or the best known of the collective of authors, or a group of two to five such people. A compilation of several works by an author is a collection in accordance with the rules for alphabetical cataloging .

Collective work in copyright law

In terms of copyright , a collective work is a collection of “works, data or other independent elements” that is “a personal intellectual creation due to the selection or arrangement of the elements”. The compilation of poetry titles in a list is a compilation if the selection of the title is to be viewed as an individual creation. The quality and aesthetic values ​​of the collection are not important. For a collective work it is not necessary that the collection has a systematic classification system, e.g. B. alphabetical order. A collection of elements (element heap), which is a personal spiritual creation through the selection or arrangement of the elements, is sufficient. The person who has performed this creative achievement is in written works, z. B. a collection of individual articles, commonly referred to as an editor ; she has the right to be named according to § 13 UrhG. A compilation can become a database if the compilation contains a systematic classification system.

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  1. ^ Gudrun Henze: Rules for alphabetical cataloging in academic libraries RAK-WB. 2nd, revised and expanded edition (as of April 2006). German National Library, 2007, ISBN 978-3-933641-88-5 , §5, p. 2a ( PDF ).
  2. § 4 UrhG
  3. a b BGH May 24, 2007 - I ZR 130/04