Copyright Basics for the Health Sciences
Sharing with Others at Another University
Scenario: Diane works at UNC-Chapel Hill. She finds Jack's article in an electronic journal and saves the full-text PDF to her computer. She knows her cousin would want to read it as well, but unfortunately, his university doesn't subscribe to this journal.
Maybe. The publisher may allow a limited amount of scholarly sharing, or the fair use exception may allow Diane to share the article for educational and scholarly purposes. However, Diane should avoid sharing copyrighted articles systematically and widely.
Sharing with Others at the Same University
Scenario: Suppose Diane's cousin attends UNC-Chapel Hill. In that case, could Diane save him time and e-mail the article to him, since he has access to the article anyway?
Probably, unless the vendor's license agreement does not allow users to e-mail or print out copies of an article for another authorized user.
Sharing Photocopies at a Conference
Scenario: Diane is involved in planning a large conference that will bring 500 researchers and practitioners from business and academia to campus. Diane has been asked to photocopy five articles, including Jack's, and include them in each attendee's conference packet for discussion during the conference. Should she do this?