VG WORT Digital Copyright License

License Coverage

The license allows users, within an organization, to lawfully reuse content across borders in several ways. The rights only apply to works in the License repertory.

Permission License Coverage
Email a PDF of a journal article to a colleague in conjunction with a collaborative project you are working on together. Included
Host a competitive intelligence collaboration site for project teams that includes news articles, published literature, press releases, market reports, and other content related to direct competitors. Included
Embed a PDF of a recent article about the company into an internal company newsletter or post it to the company’s intranet site for employee awareness. Included
Use portions of a work in an internal presentation at a company meeting or in an employee education program. Included
Store a copy of a purchased article on the company intranet for use by a project team. Included
Store the full text of an article to substantiate claims made in promotional materials in the same system that was used to develop, manage, and approve the content. Included
Scan printed work into digital form when an electronic version of the work is not readily available. Included
Share a PDF version of a recent newspaper article about the company in a briefing to the company’s Board of Directors. Included
Annotate and store copies of scientific articles related to known adverse events of a company product in an internal database which is used by a small team in connection with the company’s regulatory compliance obligations. Included
Provide an article to a client who requests more information about a product or service on an unsolicited basis. Included
Annotate and submit supporting articles to a government agency as required as part of a regulatory or patent filing (with appropriate notices). Included


The VG WORT Digital Copyright License is generally intended to permit the reuse of articles on a periodic, non-systematic basis with other people within an organization. It is not meant to replace subscriptions that you or other people in the organization need in the ordinary context of your work. The license also does not cover the external display of copies on mobile devices as part of the user’s systematic sales or marketing activities. The above chart only applies to works in the License repertory.

*Applicable to most German publications, as well as many non-German publications, in the repertory.