Since the copyright of Adolf Hitler’s book Mein Kampf (“My Struggle”) has run out in 2016, the work is for the first time after the second world war available in Germany without copyright restraints. The presentation will give an overview about the pre- and post-war history of Hitler’s autobiographical manifesto and will provide an introduction to the current availability and legal situation of the book in Germany. In particular, the presentation will demonstrate how the German legal system balances fundamental values such as freedom of speech, science and education with the prohibition of texts and symbols related to Nazi Germany.
Achim Foerster is Professor of Copyright Law, Media Law and Policy at the University of Applied Sciences Wuerzburg-Schweinfurt. He has published several articles and books, and he particularly enjoys making legal questions accessible to non-legal audiences. He studied law at the University of Wuerzburg (Germany) and Indiana University (USA) and has previously worked as a judicial clerk, public prosecutor and judge.