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Appropriate use of the Library's Electronic Materials

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the reproduction and distribution of copyrighted material, including electronic materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a print or electronic reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the print or electronic reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. If print or electronic copies of material are used for purposes in excess of what constitutes "fair use," the user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Publisher license agreements govern the use of electronic resources provided by the library for the FCCC community. Permissible actions generally include: downloading, temporarily storing, or printing reasonable portions of the electronic materials. Prohibited actions generally include: sharing passwords or access codes with unauthorized users, systematic downloading of significant portions of the materials (entire issues of electronic journals or several sequential chapters in online books), or commercial exploitation of the licensed information. Systematic downloading of content can be detected by information providers and can result in loss of that information service to the relevant computer addresses or the entire institution.

If you have any questions about the interpretation of this law as it relates to your use of copyrighted or licensed materials, please contact the library staff at 215.728.2711.