Frequently Asked Questions

What about Copyright?

Most of our web books are freely available to anyone, under the terms of a Creative Commons License. However, in some instances, the University may need to restrict access to members of the University of Adelaide. Access restrictions will be clearly indicated on the author page.

Under Australian copyright law, and the Free Trade agreement wth the USA, copyright has expired in published works of authors who died before 1955. (Authors who died after 1954 will retain copyright for 70 years after their death.) These works are now within the "public domain" in Australia and this is why the University is able to reproduce such works on this site. However, works may still be copyright in other countries. If copyright in the work still exists in the country from which you are accessing this website, it may be illegal for you to download the work. It is your responsibility to check the applicable copyright laws in your country.

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