Licensed Resources, Full-text Documents , Web Pages & Copyright
The Hunter Libraries and CUNY subscribe to many electronic resources including Project Muse, Academic Search Premier, and LexisNexis, where Hunter students, faculty and staff can access full-text documents. With more and more faculty developing course web pages, using electronic reserves and course management software (such as Blackboard), it is important to point out that, generally, licensing agreements prohibit copying or downloading these documents and making them available electronically on a course web page. However, faculty may include links to the URLs for these documents on the course web page that will lead students to the resources. Although the stability of the URLs varies from database to database, there are ways of making the links to documents "semi-persistent." Professor Manfred Kuechler, Sociology, has developed a very useful step-by-step guide to this process in his Finding a "Persistent URL" (2007) http://urban.hunter.cuny.edu/~mkuechle/persistent_URL_guide.html.
Access to full text documents has been complicated by New York Times v. Tasini (2001) in which the Supreme Court affirmed the copyright privileges of freelance writers whose works were originally published in newspapers and periodicals and then licensed by the publishers to commercial electronic databases. Commercial databases, including Academic Search Premier and LexisNexis, have responded to this ruling by removing those documents whose electronic rights are not owned by the publishers. Because publishers began negotiating the electronic rights with freelance writers in the mid-1990s, the Tasini decision generally affects work published before that time. It is important to note that this decision does not affect documents in newspapers and periodicals that are on microform.