laws do not come into force before they are “promulgated in the Federal law Gazette”, as the basic law formulated elegantly. Currently, a private company, namely, the DuMont-Verlag, the the Federal Gazette publishing house fully owned. According to information from the F. A. Z. it is soon over: The Federal Ministry of justice wants to announce the laws in the future, digital. Citizens should be free and without barriers to the Gazette to access. DuMont loses an important source of income.

Hendrik Wieduwilt

editor of the economy in Berlin, is responsible for “law and taxes”.

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“the laws and regulations we announce in the future, fully digital,” said Federal Minister of justice Katarina Barley (SPD) of the F. A. Z., “the electronic Federal Gazette will then include the only authoritative version of laws and regulations.” In order for the Ministry to go a step further in the direction of a digital legislative procedure. “We are creating a platform on which every citizen in cost and accessible to the officially promulgated laws and regulations in the Federal law Gazette can be accessed,” said the Minister. Interested users get for free what they currently have to pay.

Print cost money

While the Federal grants Gazette is currently a free “citizen access” to Federal law Gazette I and II, so the laws and regulations of the Federal government, Adopt and rules of procedure, as well as the concluded international treaties. This access, however, is provided with baffles: PDF documents can copy a citizen, nor properly browse or print. This is only possible with a subscription for at least 100 Euro in the year.

This restriction provides for review: the laws are finally in the public domain. Currently there are the Federal office of justice, the managed page Gesetze-im-Internet.de. But the binding announced variant of the bill-sheet is digital shutter thing. Recently, a Foundation has ventured, therefore, the self-justice: The Open Knowledge Foundation published without the permission of the Federal law Gazette, free-for-all. So you want to put a sign, but perhaps the copyright law. Because the compilation of the information could fall as a database the copyright. This step has now accelerated apparently, the cog in the Federal Ministry of justice. “The documents also can be printed out, use searches, and more,” says Barley, “citizens should have unrestricted access.”