I work extensively with copyright issues, most recently as administrator of our digital repository.  

The Copyright Crash course is excellent. 

You can post links to articles with no problem.  You cannot just download journal articles from PubMed or anywhere else and post them without determining your right to do so.

The SHERPA/RoMEO directory of policies on copyright and posting to institutional repositories can help   but that still doesn't give you the right to download an article from a proprietary database such as JStor and post it on your intranet.

Even when the Sherpa/Romeo says "no" you can write to the rights holder to request permission to use.

I recently requested to post an environmental science article in our repository from a journal that was digitized and hosted at the University of Wisconsin Library repository.  The publisher said they do not grant permission to post articles elsewhere because it is already available on Internet.  It is understandable that publishers want to maintain the right to curate their archives, and maintain control of versions, etc.


Paul Blobaum, MA, MS                                pblobaum at  
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To expand this question, and this just came up a few minutes ago here.  What about an agency that puts a PubMed link on its intranet and that PubMed link has LinkOut links that enable access to the full text article due to IP recognizance?

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I'm sure this has been discussed before but I am being asked if a dept can put an article our hospital's intranet for all to access & then discuss. They would change the article monthly. I'm thinking this would violate copyright. Any ideas are welcome!

GayLynn Burchett
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