Am I allowed to reproduce images and other content from books that are archived in Bookshelf?

You must check the copyright of the book first:
  • If the book is published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) or another US government agency, then the book with indicate the publication is in the public domain or licensed under a Creative Commons license that allows free copying and redistribution. (Click on the Copyright and Permissions link located above the Table of Contents (TOC) in this example book to see that the work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License). From there, you must take the next step of looking at the individual figures and tables that you want to use. A figure/table may be:
    • already reproduced with permission from another publisher. These permissions (copyright statement) are indicated on each figure and table (example) and you are required to contact the copyright holder who originally published the image for permission.
    • a part of the book's original material and you will see no additional permissions (copyright statement), as in this example figure. In this case you are free to use the figure or table without permission, but you are required to acknowledge the source of the image in your work.
  • If the book is published by another publisher, the name of the copyright holder is at the bottom of each page with the copyright symbol and year of publication (example). It is also indicated on the TOC page near the thumbnail illustration of the book's cover (example). Click on the Copyright and Permissions links to display the entire copyright information. For these books, you will need to contact the copyright holder for use of all figures and tables in the books. Access the publisher's website by clicking on the publisher’s link on the book’s TOC page (example) and explore their “rights and permissions” information and contacts.

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  • Date Created: 10/14/2016
  • Last Modified Since: 11/07/2017
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