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
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.
obtain and provide limited, lawful access to the ABOL collection within
recognized fair use limits, ABOL and Patron agree to perform the
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".
read copyrighted works from the ABOL archive only in the ABOL
read copyrighted works in the ABOL eReserve Room only for personal
study and scholarship.
Patron will not:
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.
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.
of Patron's above-stated promises, ABOL Agrees:
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.
To send DMCA
Notices to The American Buddha Online Library's Legal
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)
of Ethics of the American Library Association
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.
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
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
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.
We uphold the
principles of intellectual freedom and resist all efforts to
censor library resources.
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.
intellectual property rights and advocate balance between
the interests of information users and rights holders.
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.
We do not advance
private interests at the expense of library users,
colleagues, or our employing institutions.
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.
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.