Copyright, contracts, and using Gleeson databases

We hope you are learning a lot during Fair Use Week and feeling empowered to create and innovate. Fair use is your right and works together with copyright law. The Association of Research Libraries Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries (2012) points out that “without fair use and related exceptions, copyright would create an unconstitutional constraint on free expression” (p. 6). An important third factor is the contracts that Gleeson Library signs with vendors to provide electronic databases to you. Those contracts, or licenses, guide how you can use the database contents and, in general, take precedence over fair use guidelines.

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