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 is strictly prohibited:
- Systematic downloading, distributing, or retaining substantial portions.
- Forwarding electronic versions of articles or the use of electronic articles for commercial purposes.
- Strictly prohibited to download entire journal issue or databases 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 agreements 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-commercialpurposes 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.
- There have been instances where publishers have withdrawn access to their online resources to the entire Institute.
- 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.