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.
Web links on copyright laws
Guidelines for Fair Dealing in an Electronic Environment
Fair Dealing and Permitted Actions
- 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.