Excessive downloading of content from Library electronic subscriptions is illegal! Such behavior seriously violates the license agreements, and leads to severe consequences that affect the whole university.
The use of Library-subscribed electronic resources (databases, e-journals, etc.) is governed by license agreements negotiated between the HKUST Library and the publishers/vendors.
Almost all of these licenses include a clause that subscribers (that includes all current students, faculty and staff, along with all other on-campus or otherwise authorized access) may not engage in "systematic" or "excessive" downloading from the resource.
Here are some examples of what the publishers mean by "excessive downloading":
Other actions which would also violate our licenses include:
Publishers very quickly notice this behavior and cut off access to that resource for our entire campus! They will require the Library to make sure the person doing it is made aware that their actions are illegal and their assurance that they will not do it again.
It usually takes a lot of time and negotiation to resume the access to that resource. In other words, all HKUST users lose access to the resource for a certain period of time because of such inconsiderate behavior!
If you have questions about any of these issues, please call the Information Desk at 2358-6760, or email firstname.lastname@example.org