Copyright & Privacy
All content created by the VCU Libraries faculty and staff on the VCU Libraries website is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. Other materials found on this website, such as photographs, trademarks, logos, etc., may be copyrighted by their sources or may be in the public domain. If you have questions, contact us.
Copyright restrictions: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of copies and other reproductions of copyrighted material. Any individual who uses a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use" may be liable for copyright infringement. This includes printouts from full text databases and electronic journals. In some instances the library has agreed to finite terms and conditions in regard to the use and distribution of electronic resources. Signed copies of these agreements are located in the VCU Libraries Acquisitions Department and may be reviewed by contacting us through the link at the bottom of this statement.
VCU Copyright Guidelines
VCU Libraries is committed to protecting the privacy of our Website visitors. We do not collect any personal information such as name, telephone number, address, VCUCard number, etc. unless you provide it to us voluntarily when conducting an online transaction on the VCU Libraries Website. We do collect non-personal information from each visitor to the VCU Libraries Website to allow us to manage the Website.
Personal Information Collected
When you choose to provide personal information to us to conduct an online transaction, we use it only for the purpose of conducting the specific online transaction that you requested. For each online transaction, we require only the minimum amount of personal information required to process your request. Examples personal information that may be required to process an online transaction include:
- academic status (faculty, graduate, etc)
- email address
- telephone number
- postal address
- VCUCard number
- credit card number
We do not give, share, sell or transfer any personal information to a third party unless required to do so by law. If you do not want any personal information collected, please do not submit it to us; however, without this information we will be unable to process your online transaction. If you want to review or correct personal information you previously submitted, please contact us.
Non-Personal Information Collected
We collect non-personal information from every visitor to the VCU Libraries Website. For example, to track the number of computers used to visit our site and to identify our most popular pages we collect the Internet Protocol address - a series of distinct numbers that identify your computer. Other examples of this type of information include the:
- browser type and version and the operating system you are using,
- domain name of the Website or internet service provider and referral site from which you linked to our site
- geographical location of the network used for accessing the VCU Libraries Website, and
- time and date of access.
We use this non-personal information primarily in a statistical summary type format to assess site content and server performance.
We use non-persistent cookies to deliver to you a number of services, and discard the cookies as soon as you close your web browser.
To opt-out of the collection of data by AddThis visit http://www.addthis.com/privacy/opt-out.
VCU Libraries uses Google Analytics to analyze web visitor statistics and improve web services for site users. Google Analytics uses a persistent cookie to gather non-Personally Identifiable information such as Network Location; Hostname; web pages requested; referring web page; browser used; screen resolution; and date and time.
You may opt out of Google Analytics by turning off cookies in your browser preferences or installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.
The Commons on Flickr
Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Libraries participates in The Commons on Flickr to further its educational mission and to increase public access to its collections of images.
The VCU Libraries images that are part of The Commons on Flickr are marked "no known copyright restrictions." This means that we are unaware of any current copyright restrictions on the works so designated, either because the term of copyright may have expired without being renewed, because no evidence has been found that copyright restrictions apply, or because we own the copyright but are not exercising that control. The VCU Libraries cannot guarantee that private or commercial use of the images shared on The Commons will not violate the rights of unidentified copyright holders and we cannot be responsible for any liability resulting from the use of these images. If you are the copyright holder for an image, please contact us.
The photos we have posted in our collection are to be used for educational, research or personal purposes. High-resolution files of these images are available upon request. Please visit our Flickr Commons page to learn more about the VCU Libraries' Flickr Commons project.
For your convenience, our site provides links to other sites. However, VCU Libraries is not responsible for the privacy practices, security, or the content of the web sites to which we link, nor does the VCU Libraries endorse commercial providers or their products. Please familiarize yourself with the privacy and security information for sites to which you link.
The VCU Libraries site has security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of information under our control.
Comments or Review
If you have questions about this privacy statement or the practices of the VCU Libraries Website or if you choose to review or correct any of your personal information you previously submitted, please contact us.
User comments and posts
We encourage your comments across our websites. Postings that include sensitive data, confidential information, profanity, personal attacks, solicitation and/or promotion of any goods and/or services or other inappropriate material will be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate these posting standards.
You are fully responsible for the content that you share. Postings or comments made by individuals do not necessary reflect the views or opinions of VCU or VCU Libraries.