Can I Use This?


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Can I Use This?

  1. 1. Can I usethis?Introducing:Institutional RepositoriesThe Public Domain
  2. 2. PURLS vs uploads Very limited educational exemptions in Canada Only the rights holder may “reproduce, perform, publish, adapt, translate and telecommunicate a work, and to control the circumstances in which others may do any of these things.”  So print sources may not be scanned/copied and uploaded without prior permission
  3. 3. What about e-resources? Most Library licenses to electronic resources permit links. Many do NOT permit uploading full-text. Library permitted uses link will tell you what we’ve been able to negotiate  m/?SS_searchTypeJournal=yes&V=1.0&L=G W2JH3XR2C&S=AC_T_B&C=library Avoid linking to material you find on the web if you aren’t sure it was uploaded legally
  4. 4. For more information aboutPURLS… Check out our online guide: for/faculty/creating-persistent-urls/
  5. 5. Institutional Repositories (IRs) “An institutional repository (IR) is a digital collection of a universitys intellectual output. Institutional repositories centralize, preserve, and make accessible the knowledge generated by academic institutions.” (Canadian Association of Research Libraries).
  6. 6. IRs – why care? Depending on the contract signed, authors may have retained the right to archive their pre-prints.  Check the CC license associated with the IR in question – you may be free to share the archived version of an article.
  7. 7. IR searching efficiently Why search one IR at a time? UBC materials try cIRcle and/or Summon Non-UBC – try a harvester like:  OAIster  OpenDOAR  ROAR  SHERPA  CARL or even  Google Scholar
  8. 8. Public Domain "Incopyright, the realm of works that are not protected either because their term of protection has expired, or because they were released by the creator without intention of claiming copyright, is known as the public domain. Works in the public domain can be appropriated by anyone without liability for infringement" (Creative Commons Canada).
  9. 9. What’s in the Public Domain? PublicDomain in Canada= Life of creator plus 50 years PublicDomain in other jurisdictions – particularly US and EU = Life of creator plus 70 years Beware scholarly editions and translations – not necessarily in the public domain
  10. 10. Where can I find PD items? Internet Archive is a terrific source of works in the public domain and also hosts the Wayback Machine Project Gutenberg and Project Gutenberg Canada: digitized literary works Library and Archives Canada (LAC) The LAC website is a rich source of historical materials – many of which are in the public domain and LAC grants you the ability to reproduce them without prior permission. Other materials, however, are restricted. For more information see: Hathi Trust "is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries….”  Note, only 26% of the Hathi Trusts digitized materials are in the public domain.  Also note, only members of Hathi Trust can download PDFs of works in the public domain. (UBC is not a member). Non-members can still view public domain materials in their entirety on the Hathi Trust website. The search engine for the collection is available here:
  11. 11. More PD items U.S. Government Photos and Images: This site provides a searchable database that contains both public domain and copyrighted images International Music Score Library Project (IMSLP): This online music library provides "music scores free of charge to anyone with internet access." IMSLP follows Canadian copyright law and its scores are in the public domain in Canada. Google Books - Not all content discoverable by means of Google Books is in the public domain and therefore you will find many items are not freely available. Note, even if you limit your searches to the items in the "Classics" you may find many public domain titles in editions/versions which are still under copyright (scholarly edns/translations etc.)
  12. 12. Other sources – LINK don’t upload  NFB. According to the sites terms of use it is permitted to link to the NFBs videos for non-commercial purposes (so teaching & research is fine). The Embeddable Content is for personal use only. Teaching is not considered "personal use" so you should not embed (i.e., upload) any NFB content into course shells, professional webpages etc. Fortunately, the NFBs browser URLs are stable for each video title.  PBS: American Experience. This website contains full-length videos from PBS American Experience documentary series. According to the terms of use for the website you may provide students with a link to the relevant videos on the website, for their personal viewing. Downloading the website content for anything other than personal viewing is not permitted.  American Memory Collection. "Several hundred early motion pictures are viewable in the Library of Congress American Memory collections." Collections include America at Work, America at Leisure 1894 - 1915; American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment, 1870-1920; Life of a City: Early Films of New York 1898-1906; Before and After the Great Earthquake and Fire: Early Films of San Francisco, 1897-1916 and Origins of American Animation. No explicit statements regarding downloading – better to link.  Civil Rights Digital Library. "The CRDL features a collection of unedited news film from the WSB (Atlanta) and WALB (Albany, Ga.) television archives held by the Walter J. Brown Media Archives and Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia Libraries. “ Again, no explicit statements regarding downloads, but the site notes “copyright restrictions” which do not permit commercial use. Better to link.
  13. 13. While….The ultimate responsibility to checkpermitted uses/licensing conditions ofmaterials you find online is yours….You don’t have to go it alone – we canhelp!
  14. 14.  UBC’s copyright site: Have a copyright question regarding your teaching or research at UBC? Post it to: ubc- Questions about authors’ rights? See or contact Joy Kirchner at Problems with access to an e-resource? Contact the folks in e-resources help here: us/ejournal-help/ Anything else? If we don’t know, we can direct you to someone who does: Brian Lamb; Shawnna Parlongo