[LIS-Forum] Supplying Journal Articles - Does it Violate
Byrappa, Ananda (GE, Research)
ananda.byrappa at ge.com
Tue Oct 23 14:22:40 IST 2007
Some thoughts on copyright related issues...
Most of us know that, using copyrighted material without rights-holders
permission for any purpose can be a violation of copyright. However,
there are some exceptions like Fair-use.
If organizations/Libraries and Librarians want to be copyright
compliant, then they should have clarity on scope of the fair use before
making use of the copyrighted documents. Otherwise, Librarians may be
risking their organizations for a possible copyright violation.
Relative to the ILL/journal articles sharing/distribution, CONTOU
guidelines indicate that Libraries can share/provide a maximum of 5
articles from a subscribed journal in a given year. More info is
available at: http://www.cni.org/docs/infopols/CONTU.html
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GE India Technology Centre
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email: ananda.byrappa at ge.com
Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2007 17:14:32 +0530
From: "Sukhdev Singh" <esukhdev at gmail.com>
Subject: [LIS-Forum] Supplying Journal Articles - Does it Violate
To: "R.K.SHUKLA" <milanramakant at hotmail.com>
Cc: lis-forum at ncsi.iisc.ernet.in
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Dear Dr Shukla and LIS-Forum Members
I feel it is an interesting topic, therefore I have changed the
subject of the discussion.
The question is whether a Librarian violates Copyrights Laws if he
supplies an Article to his user for personal use and research? This is
perhaps accepted because here he is only working on behalf of the
Also, so far Inter-Library Loans are concerned, there should not be
any problem because no "copies" are made. Original Book / Journal is
borrowed and given to user. Copyright Laws restricts only making
copies of literary works.
However, what happens when a librarian makes a copy and transmits over
internet to requesting Librarian? Requesting librarian takes that
digital copy, makes a print copy and hands over to its user, hoping
that it would be used by its user for personal and research work.
To me, it appears, there is a violation by the initiating librarian as
he is not acting on behalf of his user.
What others feel about this?
--Sukhdev Singh, NIC.
On 10/22/07, R.K.SHUKLA <milanramakant at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Though I agree with Mr. SukhdevSingh but I don,t agree with Ms Sen .It
> not be a violation of copyright if article is for personal use adnd
> . The demand for article shall be fulfilled by us if possible there is
> need of using the help of commercial services . commercial services
> be the last resort only.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: gayathri sen
> To: lis-forum at ncsi.iisc.ernet.in
> Sent: Friday, October 19, 2007 3:02 PM
> Subject: [LIS-Forum] Demand for service
> Dear friends,
> I completely agree with Mr. Sukhdev Singh's mail regarding mention of
> efforts made to get a particular information before it is posted in
> Example- article requests should be tried with DELNET or other
> provoiders of DDS or write to publishers and make payment for it, so
> you will not violate copyright, and if it is nowhere available, then
> needs to be posted to forum, as a last resort.
> Though we know the deficiency of written communication skills of few,
> should be made to present in a proper manner by the person who is
> The moderator may decide not to post such requests basically to
> dignity of our profession.
> Gayathri Sen
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