Digital Rights Management (DRM) regulates how online resources can be accessed, downloaded, copied and printed by end-users. Resources with DRM restrictions limit how much of a resource can be copied and downloaded, e.g. one chapter per day. Some resources with DRM restrictions also limit the number of simultaneous borrowers, allowing only a limited number of people access at any one time.
DRM-free resources are online resources purchased by the Library with copyright restrictions that offer far greater accessibility and flexibility for individual use. DRM-free resources can be copied and downloaded in their entirety and accessed by an unlimited number of users at the same time.
Check out our eBooks Guide for more information on each of these platforms and help using ebooks.
Please see the Open Textbook Initiative libguide for licensed resources for free use and can be used and shared more flexibly.
For more information on Open Access resources, please see our Open Access libguide.
|Public domain - Free from any copyright restrictions. It can be modified and reused by anyone for free without permission, including for commercial purposes.|
|Openly licensed - Free to access and free to share. Licence terms vary; check to see whether adaptation or commercial use are restricted.|
|DRM free resources - Library purchased ebooks and journals for flexible use within the university. An unlimited number of simultaneous viewers. Downloading and printing is not restricted. However, it cannot be adapted and cannot be shared outside of Western Sydney University.|
|Unlimited user license - Library purchased ebooks with no limits on the number of simultaneous viewers. Download and print limits apply. It cannot be adapted and cannot be shared outside of Western Sydney University.|
|Multi-user license - Library purchased ebooks with no limits on simultaneous viewers but a yearly quota of total accesses. Download and print limits apply. It cannot be adapted and cannot be shared outside of Western Sydney University.|
|Limited license - Library purchased ebooks with a limited number of simultaneous viewers (often 1-3). Download and print limits apply. It cannot be adapted and cannot be shared outside of Western Sydney University.|
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