A license is an agreement where the owner of something grants another person permission to use that thing. In the copyright context, licenses are agreements where the copyright owner permits others to use their copyrighted materials. Some licenses grant a wide range of rights, and some only grant a narrow range.
The MRU Library enters into licenses with a variety of vendors and publishers, and these licenses provide access to millions of electronic resources (databases, e-journals, e-books, etc.) to MRU faculty, staff and students.
If the terms of an MRU electronic resources license are violated by anyone, publishers may temporarily suspend access for hte entire MRU community. In cases where a resolution cannot be reached, the publisher may cancel the license or impose additional restrictions.
The permitted use of electronic resources varies according to the terms of the license agreement MRU Library has with each particular vendor. The license agreement determines who can use the electronic resource, and what we can do with the material.
It is important to carefully review the permitted uses for your chosen material (journal article, e-book, etc.) before creating print handouts, course packs, or Blackboard sites. Remember, the license agreement is a type of contract, and failure to comply with the terms of the license agreements may result in legal action. Please also remember that failure to comply with the terms of the license agreement can result in the loss of access to that resource for hte entire MRU community.
Yes! In general, the safest and easiest way to share journal articles, book chapters and other online content with your students is to provide them with a link to a library resource. That way, students can download, read, and make a copy of the item for their own personal use, which does not infringe copyright.
Electronic resources already subscribed to by the Library, or freely available on the web, may be linked to in Blackboard or a course website (see the ADC's Tutorials on creating persistent links and the Library's Persistent Link Builder). This method creates stable links that allow students to access library-licensed electronic resources on and off campus. Ask your subject librarian for assistance with creating persistent links.
If, after browsing this guide, you still have questions or require additional information please contact MRUcopyright@mtroyal.ca, or 403.440.6618.
The Copyright Advisor is also available in EL1132 for drop-in office hours: