The Brickell Medical Sciences Library has an annual copyright license from the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC). The CCC acts as a clearinghouse for managing permissions and payment for the use of copyrighted materials. The CCC website allows you to easily see whether an article or book is covered by our license. The license includes reproduction and distribution rights for the campus community and is designed to help save time, support learning and research and ensure that EVMS is in compliance with copyright law.

To see if a title is covered by the library's annual copyright license with the CCC:

  1. Visit the Annual Copyright License search.

  2. Enter the title of the periodical or book. You can also search by ISSN or ISBN. Note: For articles, be sure to search for the title of the periodical, not the title of the article.

  3. On the search results page, find the publication title.

  4. When you find the correct publication title, look in the annual license holders box on the right.

  5. If Academic License - Digital/Print has a green check mark next to it, you are free to use this title in your course materials or share it with others at EVMS. You may continue to use the material for the duration of the library's license agreement with the CCC.  If you see a red circle, the item is not covered under our annual copyright license. Navigate to the request coverage link, and the CCC will request that the copyright holder add the publication to the database. If "terms" appears beneath Academic License - Digital/Print, check to see what terms the publisher has placed on this item.

  6. If a title is in the public domain, then you may freely share or distribute it.

Note: The pay-per-use option only applies to items not covered under our license.

What the license covers

The library's annual copyright license covers 1.5 million titles, including journals, magazines, newspapers and books, and it grants EVMS employees and students the right to use and distribute print and electronic content from these 1.5 million titles in:

  • Course reserves
  • Blackboard posts
  • Coursepacks
  • Class handouts
  • Email among EVMS faculty, staff and students
  • Research collaboration among EVMS students, faculty and staff as well as collaboration with outsiders working on a research project sponsored by or recognized by EVMS
  • Administrative communications
  • A small, password-protected repository for use by a small group of EVMS faculty and students
    • The repository must be small in size and restricted to on-campus use by a class or small group. It must not replace the need for a subscription to or the purchase of copyrighted works.

What the license does not cover

  • The reproduction of all or substantially all of a work
  • The right to use, manipulate or change a copyrighted work so that it does not substantially resemble the original
  • The right to use a work for advertising or promotion
  • The right to create a database or collection, except one created for an individual academic course or for a small group of employees or students
    • The database or collection must also be small in size and must not replace the need for a subscription to or the purchase of copyrighted works.
  • The right to distribute copyright-protected works to anyone other than an EVMS employee or student, unless that person is collaborating on a research project sponsored by the college*
  • Inter-library loan borrowing or lending
    • Our annual copyright license does give you the rights listed above once you have received an inter-library article or book.
  • Usage rights for audio, video and images
    • Photographs and images included in a covered work may be shared, but only in the context of the work.

*The license does grant college employees the right to share a paper or electronic copy with a government agency or recognized accrediting agency if the content is required by the government agency or accrediting agency (e.g. for patent applications), and if that copy includes the following notice: "This copy of copyrighted material was made and delivered to the agency under license from Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. -- No further reproduction is permitted."