The purpose is to set out the terms and conditions for using library’s resources in order to protect staff and students of Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (hereinafter referred to as ‘the University’) from violating the law and to help them carry out teaching, learning and researching activities under the permission of copyright owners or other representatives. Copyright and fair use are complex concepts and this guide cannot cover all the finer points of them. You can refer to some further readings for additional help.
What is copyright?
Copyright can be defined as the exclusive and assignable legal right entitled to the copyright owner for a fixed number of years, to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, dramatic or musical material. Anything that is written, printed, recorded or produced in any forms is subject to copyright. Copyright covers printed and electronic material, illustrations, films, recorded music, computer software and all the other intellectual property.
According to the copyright regulations in China, copyright is a mixed type of legal right combining personal rights and property rights. It is not fixed but developing with the advancement of the society.
Term of Protection
Copyright provides protection for a material for a specific period of time. The material is considered to be open content beyond this specific time period.
According to the Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China,