Part 3: Rights to Intellectual Property
The Mayo Clinic holds intellectual property rights to some, but not all, materials in the W. Bruce Fye Center For the History of Medicine. Some material to which you have requested access may still be protected by copyright and by the intellectual property laws of the United States2 and the Berne Convention3. You are solely responsible for obtaining permission for use from the holder (the institution, the author, heirs, legatees, or literary executors) of the intellectual property. After release to you of the materials, the Mayo Clinic and the W. Bruce Fye Center For the History of Medicine assume no responsibility for any infraction of intellectual property laws or for any other improper or illegal use that may arise from your utilization of materials from the W. Bruce Fye Center For the History of Medicine.
2 The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, USC) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, archives and libraries are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law. For more information please refer to U.S. Copyright Office: http://www.copyright.gov/title17/
3 The Berne Convention is an international copyright treaty signed by 96 countries. The United States became a member of the Berne Convention on March 1, 1989. The regulations of The Berne Convention are more far-reaching than US Copyright Law. For more information please refer to U.S. Copyright Office: http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl100.html/; http://www.copyright.gov/title17/circ92.pdf