Use of Library Electronic Resources
Posted: Nov 10, 2015
Use of library databases and electronic journals is governed by U.S. Copyright Law and contractual license agreements. Virtually all the electronic resources made available by the Rensselaer Libraries are not owned, but licensed, by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. License agreements serve as a contract between the intellectual property owners and the Institute. The terms of these licenses specify, usually in very detailed language, who is permitted to access the information and how it may be used. While these license agreements vary in specific terms and conditions, the following guidelines provide a general overview of what is and isn’t permitted.
Who can access?
What is generally permitted?
What is generally prohibited?
When publishers detect illegal activity, access may be blocked for all Rensselaer users. Access is restored when the publisher is convinced that appropriate action is being taken to address the problem. We are legally obligated to track down the person responsible and take appropriate action. This can vary depending on circumstances, but may include barring access to Rensselaer computing and library facilities and services. Copyright violators may also be subject to civil actions by intellectual property holders in addition to, or independent of, Rensselaer’s actions.
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