The nature of library and information services has been totally transformed in recent years by technological advances. Information workers are making use of electronic information as a matter of routine. In their daily work they are searching the Internet, accessing externally published materials across intranets, searching CD-ROMs on a network, setting up profiles of their users interests in order to deliver tailored updates of news (a 'Daily Me') or other types of information using push technology and so on.
Taking into account this prolific increase of information available in electronic format, particularly over the Internet, it is of paramount importance for librarians to become more fully aware of what is and what is not permitted by law.
With hard copy books and journals, you are buying the use of those works in perpetuity. This differs from the situation in the electronic environment where librarians often buy access to material for a specific period of time and usage. Access is normally given after a licence has been signed and the licence is regulated by contract law.
The use and copying of works in electronic form poses particular problems for library and information professionals. The legislative framework for