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Access and Usage

Using Material and Information from the Archives
and this Web Site

Table of Contents:

See Also: Copying and Reproduction Services


Electronic Access and Links to This Web Site

Electronic Access to BC Archives information resources is provided for research purposes only.  Users will ensure that the information and/or image source, and its proper citation will remain clearly identified on any material they access and retain. Digital manipulation and/or modification of the content of these images is expressly forbidden.

The BC Archives encourages other web sites to link to the main BC Archives Home Page (as a normal link, not within a frame).  Agencies or users that wish to create specific links to information elements other than as noted above; for example BC Archives photographic images embedded in web pages on external sites or other BC Archives web pages, must request permission in advance by contacting the BC Archives, and provide details on the proposed usage. The BC Archives will then provide more detailed and specific guidelines for the use and citation of such material.


Research Access Use

The archival holdings of the BC Archives are available to all researchers (historians, geographers, genealogists, students, etc.) who require information for research or personal use. Reproductions can be ordered.


Commercial Use

Copyright Considerations

In 1997 Parliament enacted amendments to the Copyright Act. Various sections of this new law came into effect between 1997 and 1999. The rules governing the copying of archival records have changed.

1. Works protected by copyright may be copied only if authorized by the Copyright Act for the purpose of fair dealing or under specific exemptions set out in that act; the copyright owner; or a license agreement between the BC Archives and a collective society or a tariff, if any.

2. The Copyright Act provides for civil and criminal remedies for infringement of copyright.

3. A notice of copyright must be affixed to all material copied for clients. This notice reads:

NOTICE OF COPYRIGHT
"This copy is to be used solely for the purpose of research or private study; and any use of the copy for a purpose other than research or private study may require the authorization of the copyright owner of the work in question."

4. The Regulations require libraries, archives and museums to undertake new responsibilities in: the documentation of copyrighted works; and the notification of copyright to clients. In order to comply with the new Act, the BC Archives has altered its copying systems and procedures.


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