Conditions of Use and Licensing Restrictions for Library-subscribed e-Resources
When the Library subscribes to e-resources for the University community, the
conditions of use are set out in the license agreements negotiated between
the Library and the publishers/vendors. It is the responsibility of individual
users to comply with these terms and conditions of use. Licenses vary from
publisher to publisher; however, some general principles are:
- Authorized users may use the content of e-resources only for teaching,
private study or research purposes.
- Authorized users may download, save, copy or print a reasonable, insubstantial
portion of the content of an e-resource in compliance with prevailing copyright laws.
- Systematic/excessive downloading from an e-resource
- Archiving of downloaded materials on local servers without permission
- Posting downloaded materials to a listserv, on a website or to an email list
- Redistributing downloaded materials to or sharing passwords with unauthorized
- Reselling, redistributing or republishing of any journal text, output, search
results, or other information in any form or medium
Systematic downloading/copying of an "excessive" portion of a resource either manually or by using robots, spiders, or other
automated programs, and archiving the downloaded content in any format or
medium is strictly prohibited. Examples:
- Continuously downloading one article after another
- Continuously downloading tables of contents, search results,
citations or output
- Downloading the entire issues or volumes of an e-journal
- Downloading the entire contents of an e-book or multimedia resource
Consequences of Violation
- Once the publishers/vendors notice abnormal activities, they will
require the Library to warn the user concerned and may even cut off access
to the particular e-resource from the entire University community!!
- The entire contents of all Library-subscribed e-resources are
also protected by the copyright law. Users are fully responsible for any
legal consequences arising from excessive downloading or infringement of
prevailing copyright laws.