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CommonKnowledge Copyright Policies

Rights and Terms of Use for Material Posted in CommonKnowledge

These terms of use apply to any works without a Creative Commons license (see below).

For previously published works (journal articles, book chapters, etc.) for which the publisher retains copyright, permission has been granted (where necessary) to post this Material on CommonKnowledge. For any use which exceeds personal use or fair use, permission may be required by the copyright owner of the Material (see "Comments" section in the Material record).

For theses, dissertations, or other previously unpublished scholarly or creative works, the right to download or print any portion of this Material is granted by the copyright owner only for personal or educational use. The author/creator retains all proprietary rights, including copyright ownership. Any editing, other reproduction or other use of this Material by any means requires the express written permission of the copyright owner.

Except as provided above, or for any other use that is allowed by fair use (Title 17, §107 U.S.C.), you may not reproduce, republish, post, transmit or distribute any Material from this web site in any physical or digital form without the permission of the copyright owner of the Material.

Inquiries regarding further use of these materials should be addressed to: CommonKnowledge Rights, Pacific University Library, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116, (503) 352-7209. Email inquiries may be directed to:

Creative Commons-Licensed Works Posted in CommonKnowledge

For works posted in CommonKnowledge that display a Creative Commons license in their record and/or on the work itself, the use of that work is governed by the terms of the license selected by the content creator.

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CommonKnowledge Take-Down Policy

For previously published full-text materials (e.g. journal articles), the University Library reviews the copyright status of each item, and every effort is made to ensure that ingesting and providing access through CommonKnowledge is in compliance with copyright holders' stated policies.

For unpublished materials (e.g. student coursework, theses/dissertations, faculty or student conference presentations, etc.) assurances are received from the creator(s) during the submission process that, if necessary, permission has been obtained from owners of third-party copyrighted materials included in the unpublished work.  In the instance of a mediated submission wherein a formal submission agreement is not received, it is assumed that the creator of the work is not knowingly submitting infringing material.

The University Library does not review for compliance with copyright law the content of all such scholarly or creative unpublished materials that are submitted to CommonKnowledge.  Furthermore, the Library fully supports the right of our community members to make fair use of copyrighted materials (as outlined in Section 107 of Title 17 U.S. Code) in the creation of their own works.  CommonKnowledge administrators will not make a fair use determination of submitted work; such a determination is considered to be the responsibility of the creator(s).  However, in instances when it is readily and reasonably apparent that copyright law would be violated by posting a work, CommonKnowledge administrators may request that the creator(s) obtain permission from any relevant copyright holder(s). 

Take-Down Requests

Persons who have questions, or who believe that their copyrights have been infringed upon by the posting of material to CommonKnowledge, may contact the administrators at: CommonKnowledge Rights, Pacific University Library, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116, (503) 352-7209. Email inquiries may be directed to:

Requests to remove materials from CommonKnowledge should include:

  1. A physical or electronic signature of the owner, or authorized agent of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
  2. Clear identification of the copyrighted work(s) claimed to have been infringed.
  3. Clear identification of the material in CommonKnowledge that is claimed to be infringing, including the URL(s).
  4. Information reasonably sufficient to permit the University Library to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.
  5. A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
  6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and if applicable, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

The University Library will respond to all questions or requests within one business day. If, within that timeframe, the Library is not able to determine that the use of the work in question is lawful, access to the work through CommonKnowledge will be removed.