User Rights

Information about the Copyright rules for electronic materials made available by the Library.

The use of e-journals, e-books, and databases is governed by agreements with publishers / vendors. These agreements govern which rights you have as an individual user: what you may and may not do with the respective material varies between the different publishers / vendors.

It is legal to:

•    use the material for private use or for educational or research purposes
•    download articles for your own use
•    forward articles to colleagues at your university / college
•    link to journal articles, e-books and other e-resources
•    put articles (pdf) in electronic course compendiums made available within Learning Management Systems that requires student login (i.e. Cambro and Moodle). Providing students with links to required readings is allowed, but the right to place digital copies of articles (or chapters) in digital course compilations is dependent on UB's agreement with their respective publishers.
•    print single sections / chapters / articles

It is NOT legal to:

•    systematically download entire or large portions of content from a publisher or from a database
•    change and plagiarize others' work
•    use subscribed material published by any of the publishers/providers commercially
•    send data or articles to web pages or list servers

For resources not covered by the above mentioned agreements with publishers and vendors a special agreement between the university and Bonus copyright access applies.
This agreement sets the rules and limits for what teachers and students may copy and share digitally and analogously by the following methods:

•    Download
•    Scan
•    Print
•    Photocopy
•    Save digitally (for example on the university's closed network, USB etc.)
•    Share copies on the university's closed network, by email etc.
•    Use copied material in presentations like PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi etc
•    Save and share digital presentations on the university's closed network, via email etc.
•    Project and view on screen
•    Distribute paper copies

•    You may copy 15%, but no more than 15 pages, from a particular publication.

Copyright is, in Sweden, governed by the Copyright Act for Literary and Artistic Works (SFS 1960: 729). The law contains some restrictions on copyright. These restrictions allows teachers to use otherwise protected materials for teaching purposes (§18) and private persons to make a personal copy of a part of, but not the whole, book.

Current agreements and information regarding copying at UmU (only available in Swedish)

[Updated 2018-05-18]