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Copyright Guidelines for Staff & Students of the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg (WITS): Can You Copy/Download From E-Resources?

This LibGuide provides definitions, legislation and procedures for copyright clearance for teaching and research purposes.

Copying/Downloading from e-Resources

When using the Internet, do not assume that if access is free, that there are no copyright restrictions.Always check the copyright notices and disclaimers.

Some websites have strict copyright conditions, whilst others allow reproduction for non-commercial or educational purposes.

When using electronic databases, always check the licence conditions before reproducing or downloading beyond "fair dealing".

Many of the e-resource licences on the Wits Library webpage allow printed or electronic course-packs to be made by Wits staff and students only. 

If you are not sure what you can reproduce/download, find out what the e-Licence Conditions are from Electronic Resources Librarian or Scholarly Communications Librarian. 

Also check under Tab "When is Permission Required?" for details about including copyright material in theses/dissertations.