Category Archives: Copyright

Copyright Corner: If a researcher outside of Boston Children’s asks me for a copy of an article I wrote, can I send the publisher’s PDF version?

A: If you negotiated this right when you signed the copyright transfer agreement with the publisher, you can send the publisher’s PDF copy.  Also check the publisher’s web site to see if this is a right automatically granted to authors. … Continue reading

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Copyright Corner: What options do I have regarding the copyright transfer agreement the publisher wants me to sign?

A: Publishers have become more flexible, and it is highly recommended that you try to retain as many rights as possible.  Do not assume that you have to sign the original agreement provided by the publisher.  You may want to … Continue reading

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Copyright Corner: If I can’t post PDF files of journal articles on the BCH internal site, how can I give my staff/colleagues/students access to important articles, textbook chapters etc?

A: Publishers do not allow you to directly post a PDF file for journals to which you have electronic access – but they do allow you to link to the article from your website.  Many journals provide direct links to articles … Continue reading

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Copyright Corner: Can we reuse an image if it is only going on an internal site or internal document?

A: This is largely based on whether or not something is already deemed “fair use.” Some things to remember about images: Use for an educational presentation in a not-for-profit setting typically constitutes fair use.  The user does not need to … Continue reading

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Copyright Corner: Can we post PDF copies of journal articles on the CHB internal site?

A: When you post a PDF on the internal website or server, you are taking the copy that the publisher provides for your own personal use and redistributing that copy.  One of the “rights” of the copyright holder (i.e. the … Continue reading

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Copyright Corner: How do I cite an image I found online in a presentation?

A: Your use of an image, no mater the source (online journal, web site, UpToDate or other resource), must constitute fair use, as described here.  Content created by the federal government is not copyright protected, but if the government is … Continue reading

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Copyright Corner

Q: How do I know who to ask for permission to use a copyrighted work? A: If your use of copyrighted material does not meet the standards for fair use allowed by copyright, you will need to contact the copyright … Continue reading

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