However, researchers can now share their papers via the ‘Request a copy’ function in our repository which allows users who wish to access the paper to request it from a named researcher in the School.
How does this work?
Authors are likely to have assigned Copyright in a publishing licence agreement to the publisher and the policies of publishers normally imply that sending even a single copy of the article would be illegal unless explicitly authorized by the publisher. However – and these policies usually don’t mention it – the fair use (US) and fair dealing (Australia, Canada, UK, and other Commonwealth countries) provisions – or exceptions – of the copyright laws make this act legal if it satisfies certain criteria and, if it is done for one of a few specific purposes, most of them common to all these jurisdictions: research, study, criticism, and news reporting. 1
- Sale, Arthur, Couture, Marc, Rodrigues, Eloy, Carr, Les and Harnad, Stevan (2014) Open Access Mandates and the “Fair Dealing” Button. In, Dynamic Fair Dealing: Creating Canadian Culture Online (Rosemary J. Coombe & Darren Wershler, Eds.). , University of Toronto Press. ↩
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_dealing_in_United_Kingdom_law ↩