Bundeskartellamt greift Beschwerde gegen Projekt DEAL nicht auf HRK-Präsident: Verlage sind am Zug - Hochschulrektorenkonferenz
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From Google Translate: "Already at the end of May, the Bundeskartellamt decided not to initiate proceedings against the DEAL project. Thus, the authority does not interfere with a complaint by the Börsenverein of the German book trade. The latter had accused DEAL of misusing his market power in obtaining electronic journals.
'The decision of the Federal Cartel Office strengthens science,' explained Prof. Dr. Horst Hippler, President of the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) and negotiating director of the DEAL project. 'I call on the publishers to finally deal with the demands of science, rather than try to delay the negotiations or overturn business models,' the HRK President said.
As part of the DEAL project, the German scientific organizations are seeking to reach nationwide licensing agreements for electronic trade journals of large scientific publishers. One goal: lower costs for the scientific libraries. 'Over the last 30 years, the price increase for scientific journals has been four to five times higher than the consumer price index. Today, spending on the three major publishers Elsevier, Springer Nature, and Wiley already has a large share of the acquisition budgets of the scientific libraries - a trend which is growing,' says Hippler. This can not go on like that!"