Are all published articles covered by copyright?
Yes. All articles are covered by copyright. Each publisher has a different copyright license but most of them require you to purchase a license in order to use their materials for any commercial activities.
When do I need to ask for a license?
If you wish to use the material for any commercial activities (in part or in full) such as:
- Conferences, email campaigns, websites or distribution to physicians.
- Summaries which include re-use of an image, a table, a graph, or an abstract at a conference.
What about Open Access isn't that free?
Open Access enables researchers to read articles from the moment of publication or close to it. There are a number of different Open Access licenses that limit how the article may be used however. The majority of licenses do not allow for commercial (NC in a license) use or to create derivative works (ND in a license). In fact, less than 10% of the published peer-reviewed literature has a license that allows 3rd party commercialisation without a license.
We can help you understand the complex maze of copyright and make sure that you have the right permissions to re-use the works.