All material on this website is protected by copyright. The vast majority of our data collections are supplied to us by depositors who licence us to distribute and preserve data on their behalf. This non-exclusive Deposit Licence specifies the conditions under which we can distribute and preserve data but does not transfer ownership of copyright. The following guide expalines how to identify copyright holders and re-use licences in our different resource types.

Data Archives

All ADS collections state the copyright holder and the re-use licence under which the data can be used on the lefthand side of each collection page, as outlined in red in the image on the right.

Screen shot of standard archive page

The full re-use licence can be read by following the link. The most common re-use licences used for ADS collections are the, ADS Standard Terms of Use and Access and the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence as shown below.

Screen shot of standard archive page Screen shot of standard archive page

However, other licences may be used which may more strictly limit what you can do with the archived data. Before using data from any archive you should read the relevant licence to ensure you can use the data for the purposes you intend.

In some instances, individual files within a data collection may have a different copyright holder. When this is the case the copyright holder will be clearly identified on the files downloads page.

Archsearch Records

Access to and use of ArchSearch records are subject to the conditions set by the Creative Commons License Attribution 4.0 International Licence The copyright holder for ArchSearch records is the data creator. This can be found under the People Involved heading within each ArchSearch record.

ADS Library Items

Access to and use of the ADS Library as a service falls under the ADS Websites Terms and Conditions. When a file is available to be downloaded the copyright is generally held by the author(s) of the publication, although in somecases this may be an organisation(s). The re-use licence used for items in the ADS Library archive are most commonly the ADS Standard Terms of Use and Access or the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence. You can find which re-use licence the downloadable item falls under in the Re-use Licence field in the ADS Library Record. If there is no re-use licence clear identifiable the item will fall under the ADS Standard Terms of Use and Access.