Copyright Law

Copyright law exists to protect the intellectual standing and the economic rights of creators and publishers of   all literary, dramatic, artistic, musical, audio-visual and electronic works. Electronic materials are copyrighted  in thesame manner as print materials.

 Agreements and license

  • All electronic resources will be subject to some licence or access agreement.
  • Each resource or package has a specific agreement.
  • Specific contractual agreements should be available from each supplier/publisher.
  • Copyright and terms of use are often included online.


Web links on copyright laws

Guidelines for Fair Dealing in an Electronic Environment

Fair Dealing and Permitted Actions

 Prohibited Activities

  • Downloading and copying entire issues or volumes of any journal;
  • Commercial use of journal content, including but not limited to, providing a fee-for-copying service;
  • Altering, obscuring or removing copyright and other proprietary notices which appear as part of the journal service or appear alongside journal content.

 Examples of Misuse

  • Downloading full text articles and emailing them to friends outside the institution.
  • People from commercial companies using library facilities to access resources.
  • Printing out entire electronic journals and making copies.
  • Including large parts of articles in student workbook material.