ILIAS - Universität Passau
On this page you can log on to the ILIAS system of the University of Passau.
To do so, please use your official University login credentials ('ZIM-Kennung'). Keep in mind that your password expires after a standard period and that you will therefore need to change it in time.
There is a special access policy in place for external users.
Please get in touch with the ZIM support team if you have problems logging on to the system or if you are a lecturer who needs special permissions.

Information on copyright law

Since 1 March 2018, new provisions in the German Copyright Act (UrhG) have been in effect. When you make documents available on the learning platforms, you are prompted to select a licence variant. There are five licence variants available, which are explained below. Please indicate the corresponding license variant for each document or medium provided.
For detailed information, please send an e-mail to urheberrecht@uni-passau.de.

You can set the licence status of your files in the ‘metadata’ tab for each ILIAS object.

Unpublished works created by yourself
Works you have created yourself may be made accessible without restrictions if you have not transferred the exploitation rights to someone else (e.g. a publisher).
Examples of works commonly created by academic staff:
  • bibliographies, seminar schedules
  • computer programs
  • course readers
  • exercises and solutions
  • presentation slides, including with text and image sourced (quoted) from external sources (please always observe the provisions of § 51 UrhG on quotations
§ 51 UrhG: Quotations
You may include material taken from external sources in your works; however, two conditions must be met: The quoted material must be properly referenced (i.e. you must cite the source and author) and must be an integral part of the discourse – scientific or otherwise – of your work.

You can find further information about this topic on the University website: www.uni-passau.de/en/copyright/.
Creative Commons (CC) works with free licences
Works published under a free licence, i.e. the distribution and processing of which are permitted without licensing fees, may be made accessible for teaching without any restrictions. Please note the applicable licence conditions in each individual case.

Typical examples include:
  • open access publications
  • open educational resources (OER)
  • works under a Creative Commons licence (e.g. Wikipedia content)
You can find further information about this topic on the University website: www.uni-passau.de/en/copyright/.
With permission or licence to use the works from the rights holder
If you wish to make copyright-protected works accessible and they do not fit into any of the other categories, you need to obtain permission or a paid licence from the holder of the exploitation rights. This is usually the publisher for published works or the author for unpublished works.

Typical examples include:
  • colleagues’ or students’ permission to pass on notes, seminar papers and presentation slides
  • copyright permission from a publisher to use part of a work for teaching purposes
  • copyright permission from the publisher of your own work for teaching purposes
  • a purchased licence for distribution in taught courses (important: a single purchased copy is insufficient)
Please note:
  • Make sure you have all permissions or licence in writing. E-mail communication is sufficient.
  • Campus licences or national licences do not allow you to re-upload works, which would make you a distributor. Instead of uploading the works directly, you should set hyperlinks to the relevant resource of your library or other organisational unit that has secured the licence. Please contact the University Library for detailed questions about the licence conditions.
You can find further information about this topic on the University website: www.uni-passau.de/en/copyright/.
§ 60 a UrhG: Illustrations, articles from specialist and academic journals, minor works (films, music pieces, sheet music etc.) and out-of-commerce works
Copyright-protected works that are illustrations, individual articles from the same specialist or academic journal and other minor works, as well as out-of-print works, may be used for teaching without a separate licence or permission if the following criteria are met:
  • the works are made available only to a closed group: i.e. the file can only be downloaded by registered participants in the course
  • the work serves as an illustration in the context of the course
Minor works include written or spoken works of less than 25 pages in length, up to 10% of an illustrated book, five minutes of a piece of music, six pages of sheet music, five minutes of film (however, in the case of movies, at least two years have to have elapsed since the release date).

A work is usually regarded as being out of commerce (aka ‘out of print’) if it cannot be obtained legally from bookshops or publishers.

Background information: provision takes place under the exceptions to the (new) § 60 a UrhG. With regard to the necessary compensation, negotiations are currently underway with the collecting agency VG Wort.

You can find further information about this topic on the University website: www.uni-passau.de/en/copyright/.
§ 60 a Published texts without a purchased licence or separate permission (e.g. newspaper and journal articles)
Published texts for which no licence has been purchased and for which no separate permission is available may be made accessible to course participants under the restrictions of § 60 a UrhG.
For instruction and teaching, a maximum of 15 per cent of a published work may be made accessible and disseminated.

Background information: provision takes place under the exceptions to the (new) § 60 a UrhG. With regard to the necessary compensation, negotiations are currently underway with the collecting agency VG Wort.

You can find further information about this topic on the University website: www.uni-passau.de/en/copyright/.
Licence status unknown
Please indicate the licence under which the uploaded material made available, or the basis on which you are making it accessible. If this information is omitted, an ‘unknown licence status’ will be indicated when you attempt to download the material.

As the uploader, you are responsible for ensuring that you have licence or permission to distribute the uploaded material and will be held liable if a rights holder successfully sues for damages.

You can find further information about this topic on the University website: www.uni-passau.de/en/copyright/.