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What is The American Buddha Online Library?

The American Buddha Online Library ("ABOL") is a project of American Buddha, an Oregon nonprofit corporation that makes available selected artistic and literary works under a system of voluntary, free online lending, under the fair use exclusion from copyright liability accorded to libraries and archives pursuant to 17 U.S.C.  107 and 17 U.S.C. Section 108.  American Buddha Director and Librarian Tara Lyn Carreon is a member of the American Library Association, and adheres to the ALA Code of Ethics.. American Buddha educates members as to the meaning of lawful fair use of copyrighted materials, and imposes contractual and technical limitations on access to the archive.  The American Buddha Online Library contains materials that are protected by copyright, and by accessing this content, library users are agreeing not to violate those copyrights by piratical behavior, i.e., using the materials for anything other than private study, scholarship or research.

How It Works: This Agreement Makes Your Computer A Branch of the ABOL eReserve Room

ABOL makes lawful fair use of copyrighted works in its archive. The ABOL Patron ("Patron") gives ABOL the right to host content on the Patron's computer in the ABOL eReserve Room, as further defined in our agreement below.  In this agreement, the Patron promises to limit their use of the copyrighted works in the ABOL eReserve Room to those uses that the law has in the past found to be fair use.

Accordingly, to obtain and provide limited, lawful access to the ABOL collection within recognized fair use limits, ABOL and Patron agree to perform the following terms.

Patron Agrees:

  • Patron hereby grants the library a no-cost lease of digital memory space in Patron's computer's temporary browser memory that is hereby defined as "the ABOL eReserve Room".

  • Patron will read copyrighted works from the ABOL archive only in the ABOL eReserve Room.

  • Patron will read copyrighted works in the ABOL eReserve Room only for personal study and scholarship.

Patron will not:

  • Preserve off-line copies of anything more than short snippets, or at most one chapter of any copyrighted work from the ABOL archive, and then only for personal study and scholarship.

  • Use mass-downloaders, website copying programs, scrapers, or any other automatic content acquisition device to access the ABOL archive for either malicious or infringing purposes.

  • Make any legal claim against American Buddha or the Librarian arising out of this agreement, either in tort or contract.

In consideration of Patron's above-stated promises, ABOL Agrees:

  • ABOL will use the eReserve Room solely to display the specific URL or URLs requested by Patron in the Internet browser screen of Patron's computer while the Patron's Internet browser remains open.

Library Copyright Notice

(37 C.F.R. 201.14)

The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction.

One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.'' If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use,'' that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.

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Regarding "Permission Requests" to Use Media Found In the Library

As a Library operator, American Buddha, is not in a position to grant rights to use any of the materials in the Library for any purpose other than scholarly use at the individual level. The Library cannot respond to requests, for example, to use photographs on another website, in a slideshow for a class, or in a publication, even a scholarly publication. In order to obtain those rights, you must contact the copyright-holder, who is identified in the work. If you have difficulty identifying the copyright-holder, the Librarian can assist you. Please email the librarian if you need such assistance.

Supplemental Notice to Persons Contemplating the Commission of Copyright Violations By Means of Mass-Downloaders, Scrapers, and/or Site-Copying Programs

As is clearly stated in the Notice above, ABOL does not exist to enable copyright violation, but rather to make digital media available to the Internet public for purposes of private study, scholarship and research.  Users who deploy mass-downloaders, scrapers and site-copying programs to copy content indiscriminately, as distinguished from those who read with their eyes, one line at a time, and listen to music one song at a time, are violating copyright laws.  Just as brick-and-mortar libraries are not responsible for the conduct of persons creating pirated photocopies of library books, ABOL is not responsible for such digital violations of copyright.  In order to deter such conduct to the greatest extent possible, and protect ABOL's library mission, ABOL is working to establish an administrative system to record and preserve identifying IP information that will be provided to copyright claimants to identify copyright violators.  Further, in the event that claims of infringement are made against ABOL due to the conduct of users who deploy mass-downloaders, scrapers and site-copying programs, ABOL reserves the right to take legal action against them. (7/20/12)

Code of Ethics of the American Library Association

As members of the American Library Association, we recognize the importance of codifying and making known to the profession and to the general public the ethical principles that guide the work of librarians, other professionals providing information services, library trustees and library staffs.

Ethical dilemmas occur when values are in conflict. The American Library Association Code of Ethics states the values to which we are committed, and embodies the ethical responsibilities of the profession in this changing information environment.

We significantly influence or control the selection, organization, preservation, and dissemination of information. In a political system grounded in an informed citizenry, we are members of a profession explicitly committed to intellectual freedom and the freedom of access to information. We have a special obligation to ensure the free flow of information and ideas to present and future generations.

The principles of this Code are expressed in broad statements to guide ethical decision making. These statements provide a framework; they cannot and do not dictate conduct to cover particular situations.

  1. We provide the highest level of service to all library users through appropriate and usefully organized resources; equitable service policies; equitable access; and accurate, unbiased, and courteous responses to all requests.
  2. We uphold the principles of intellectual freedom and resist all efforts to censor library resources.
  3. We protect each library user's right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted.
  4. We respect intellectual property rights and advocate balance between the interests of information users and rights holders.
  5. We treat co-workers and other colleagues with respect, fairness, and good faith, and advocate conditions of employment that safeguard the rights and welfare of all employees of our institutions.
  6. We do not advance private interests at the expense of library users, colleagues, or our employing institutions.
  7. We distinguish between our personal convictions and professional duties and do not allow our personal beliefs to interfere with fair representation of the aims of our institutions or the provision of access to their information resources.
  8. We strive for excellence in the profession by maintaining and enhancing our own knowledge and skills, by encouraging the professional development of co-workers, and by fostering the aspirations of potential members of the profession.

Adopted at the 1939 Midwinter Meeting by the ALA Council; amended June 30, 1981; June 28, 1995; and January 22, 2008.


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