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Is it legal to share paid scientific articles?

  1. Sep 30, 2015 #1
    I'm sorry but I didn't find any other place appropriate to post this other than General Physics.
    Say I have downloaded a pdf of a paper that's not open access for free via my university's VPN connection.Is it legal to e-mail the pdf to someone else?
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  3. Sep 30, 2015 #2


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    This will generally depend on the licence agreement between the publisher and your university. I am not an expert in copyright law, but from just reading the typical licence agreement that PRD offers, I would say that the licence is only for authorised users at the university. This would make it a breach of the licence agreement to e-mail it to someone who is not authorised by your university.
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