Copyright, Contracts, & Licenses
Under certain circumstances (e.g. in placing items on reserve), the library may ask users to certify, orally or in writing, that to the best of their knowledge their actions comply with copyright law, licenses, and contracts. It will also take reasonable steps to ensure that access to restricted resources is not given to users excluded by such agreements (e.g. not giving passwords to restricted databases to such patrons).
If it comes to the attention of the Thompson Library faculty or staff that someone is using library-owned or controlled facilities or resources to violate applicable copyright law, licenses, or agreements, appropriate action may be taken to stop such violations and prevent other violations. Such actions may include removal of offending items from the library, denial or abridgement of library privileges, and referral to appropriate University or legal authorities for further sanctions. Areas of uncertainty may be referred to University legal counsel for advice.
The Thompson Library will assume that any given person is acting in good faith in complying with copyright law, licenses, and agreements, unless there is reason to believe otherwise. It will take written declarations of compliance as prima facie evidence of good faith.
Rationale: Copyright law is very complex, and much of it is based on court decisions rather than statutes. Because of the complexity of the law, the Thompson Library will not serve as an interpreter of laws even legal authorities wrangle over.
With regard to licenses and contracts, the library's role is to take those measures required by the legal documents.
Because the Thompson Library takes reasonable measures to inform patrons of their legal responsibilities and to prevent violations of laws and legal agreements, and because of the undesirable effects of overly vigorous enforcement, responsibility for compliance is the user's.
- Solicitation of any kind, for any purpose, is not permitted by any group, individual, or organization on the campus of University of Michigan-Flint unless that group, individual, or organization has reserved/rented a distribution table.
Distribution tables are available at other sites on campus. Accordingly, soliciting of any kind is not permitted in the Thompson Library building.
Flyers and other notices for University-related events may be posted in designated areas, but must be approved by the library director or the director’s designate. The Thompson Library reserves the right to limit the quantity of items, their placement, and length of time for their display.
Notices for events not connected with the University will generally not be permitted. Commercial advertising (except for the campus bookstore or other campus units) is not accepted.