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Humboldt Digital Scholar Copyright Policy

Below are general policies and guidelines about copyright and intellectual property in relationship to Humboldt Digital Scholar. If you have a question that you do not see answered here, please contact HDS Administrator.

If you hold copyright:

If you hold copyright over an item deposited in HDS you retain that copyright. All copyright holders must agree to a non-exclusive distribution and preservation license that allows us to disseminate the deposited work over the web and make copies of that work for preservation purposes. The copyright holder may distribute or formally publish their work in the same or different form without obtaining permission or notifying HDS staff. The HDS page will explicitly state that the deposited work is protected by copyright. HDS does not seek or claim copyright on any deposited works, nor does it seek revenue from deposited works.

If you do deposit this material into HDS, you must agree to the terms in the non-exclusive distribution and preservation license for HDS. This allows us to disseminate the deposited work over the web and make copies of that work for preservation purposes.

Depositing your work in HDS automatically provides a time and date stamp that will verify your expression of an idea or document your research at a given point in time.

If you have signed copyrights over to a third party:

If you have signed over your copyright to a publisher or other third party, you may still be able to deposit that work into HDS.

More and more publishers, whether commercial or non-profit, will permit the deposit of a pre-print or a post-print online and include this permission into their copyright agreement with authors. If you would like to know what your publisher permits, visit the Sherpa Web site at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo.php and search or browse for the name of your publisher. If your publisher is not listed in the Sherpa database, HDS staff would be happy to help you investigate this issue with your publisher. When you publish you can also negotiate to submit your work to HDS. SPARC offers useful resources for authors on copyright issues at http://www.arl.org/sparc/resources/copy.html. If you have permission to deposit this material into HDS, you must agree to the terms in the non-exclusive distribution and preservation license for HDS. This allows us to disseminate the deposited work over the web and make copies of that work for preservation purposes. If there are specific conditions that the copyright holder makes for the deposit of the material (for example, that it must include the citation information or must be embargoed for a specific period of time) please contact HDS Administrator.

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