Use of Online Resources
The Libraries of the California College of the Arts has contracts with vendors who provide net-based resources, including digital images and full-text articles. These resources have been purchased for educational use only, that is, private study, scholarship, or research, and are made available to bona fide library users at no charge, subject to the conditions of the licensing contracts between the school and the vendors.
What you can do:
Generally, you may use unaltered text and images from licensed or copyrighted library electronic resources for:
- classroom activities and assignments
- free displays and performances within the school
- free presentations or performances at educational seminars, conferences, or workshops
- student or faculty portfolios not intended for public display or for sale
- copies of your thesis intended for personal use or library deposit
What you cannot do:
Generally, you may not lift text or images from licensed or copyrighted library electronic resources for:
- republishing in any format (including web sites)
- redistribution beyond the school by any means
- commercial or business-related purposes
- fundraising, marketing, or public relations
For these purposes, you must obtain the express permission of the copyright owner and/or licensing agency. (You are responsible for securing any necessary permission.)
Adaptations of images:
If you pull images from copyright protected resources and then alter or modify them, or incorporate them into another work -- the adaptations are still subject to these guidelines.
You may not retain text or images downloaded from library electronic resources beyond the life of our contract with the vendor, or beyond your affiliation with the school.
To fulfill our contracts with resource providers, we will report willing and knowing violations of these guidelines to the publisher or copyright owner.
We reserve the right to deny access to net-based and electronic resources and to revoke the library privileges of any user who intentionally violates our licensing agreements or U.S. copyright law.
What About "Free" Stuff Pulled Off the Web?
It is a good idea to follow the same guidelines. Assume that what you find on the web is copyrighted unless otherwise stated.
When Is It Okay to Share Files?
The file must either be your own original work, or you must have permission from whoever owns the rights to the file before you can share it in any way that creates a copy of the work or file. Otherwise you are infringing on copyright by providing a copy to someone else.
A list of legal online content has been compiled by Educause: www.educause.edu/legalcontent
These guidelines have been partially adapted from those at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (June 2003, revised May 2006 & Oct 2011)