Thursday, November 23, 2006

Copyright update

Following the decision of the NHS to not purchase a central copying licence from the Copyright licensing Agency (CLA) for all Trusts in England, local Trusts have had to decide whether or not to purchase their own licences. Currently, the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust and Stoke-on-Trent PCT (formerly North Stoke and South Stoke PCTs) have licences. North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare Trust and North Staffordshire PCT (formerly Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire Moorlands PCTs) do not have licences. Keele University do not fall under the NHS copying licence at all and have their own licence from the CLA. What library users may photocopy, scan, print and download is contingent therefore on who they work for/study with. Please read the information below to determine what you may, or may not photocopy. Below that are some general points on copyright that will apply to all organisations using the library.

Keele University students
  • One copy of one article from any issue of a journal.
  • One chapter or 5% of a book, whichever is the greater.

Keele University staff

  • One copy of one article from any issue of a journal; or
  • For course packs: enough copies of a single article to provide one copy each to students and the tutor.
  • One chapter or 5% of a book, whichever is the greater.

University Hospital of North Staffordshire

  • As many copies as are required of up to two articles from any issue of a journal; or
  • As many copies as are required of all of the articles from a themed journal issue.
  • One chapter or 5% of a book, whichever is the greater.

Combined Healthcare

  • One copy of one article from any issue of a journal.
  • One chapter or 5% of a book, whichever is the greater.

Stoke-on-Trent PCT

  • As many copies as are required of up to two articles from any issue of a journal; or
  • As many copies as are required of all of the articles from a themed journal issue.
  • One chapter or 5% of a book, whichever is the greater.

North Staffordshire PCT

  • One copy of one article from any issue of a journal.
  • One chapter or 5% of a book, whichever is the greater.

Information on the Internet: (this is the same for all organisations)
Unless website creators give explicit permission to use their materials freely then they are covered by the same copyright guidelines. Downloading from paid subscription databases is also covered by copyright. The restrictions will vary between databases so it is advisable to check the terms and conditions of use for each database. It is generally assumed that downloading for non-commercial personal use is allowed.


Commercial purposes:
Copying for commercial purposes is not covered by any licence. A copyright fee must be paid for all copying which will be used for a commercial purpose or gain.

More information on the NHS licence can be found on the CLA website at:
http://www.cla.co.uk/licensing/gov/gov_nhs.html

Information on the licences available to Keele staff and students is available at: http://www.keele.ac.uk/depts/li/info/copyright.htm.

General copyright information and advice can be found at:
http://www.cla.co.uk

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