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Policy On Use of Licensed Electronic Resources

The FAU Libraries collect electronic resources (e.g., electronic journals, electronic books, or database content) to support the instructional, research and service activities of the Florida Atlantic University students, faculty and staff. These resources are purchased by the Libraries either directly or through consortia and are governed by license and contract agreements. Each license or contract, whether purchased individually or as a group, contains strict guidelines on the use of the resource.


Florida Atlantic University does not permit the illegal downloading and/or sharing of copyrighted material in any form or manner. (See OIT Technology Policies and Digital Millennium Copyright Act, University Policy) Electronic resources are copyrighted and are subject to all applicable copyright and database protection rights under the laws of the United States and other countries. All uses including downloading, printing or creating copies of content from these resources must be consistent with existing fair use laws as defined by the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) or international law.


License Agreements/Contracts

License agreements may be terminated immediately at the discretion of individual publishers if terms and conditions are breached.

Loss of Access Privileges

Violators of FAU Libraries electronic resource licensing agreements/contracts risk having their library access suspended and access to the resource(s) blocked for all FAU users.

Questions regarding public service policies should be directed to Dawn Smith, Assistant Dean, Public Services.

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