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Restrictions on access and downloading of licensed E-Resources
The e-Resources are licensed for the non-profit educational use of the Institute.
Copyright law governs use of these e-Resources.
Doing the following things are strictly prohibited:
- Systematic downloading, distributing, or retaining substantial portions.
- Forwarding electronic versions of articles or the use of electronic articles for commercial purpose.
- Download entire journal issue or database or an entire e-book.
Why should we not do the above things?
- Improper use can result in denial of access for the whole Institute to all electronic journals from a given publisher.
- Access to e-Resources is based on license agreement with publishers.
- Library users are permitted to make digital copies of individual documents, that is, to download an individual document temporarily to their own hard disc for non-commercial purpose only.
- Publishers keep track of patterns of use and where the publishers suspect misuse in the form of systematic downloading (eg. more than one article from an issue, continuous downloading from a particular journal etc.) .
- They will cut off access requiring Library to investigate and take action on those who have misused the e-Resources.
- This prevents access by the majority of responsible users to information needed for their research and learning.
- It becomes obligatory on the library’s part to investigate such misuses and report the same to the publishers.
- Takes longer time to get the access restored and convince the publisher that re-occurrence of such misuses will be stopped.