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I encountered this language on a website that hosts preserved books in the form of PDF's. Does this mean that I can print out any of the PDF's. Assuming I'm not limited to the restrictions.

  1. Limited License: The Society for the... hereby grants you a limited, nonexclusive right and license, solely for your personal use, to use the Site view, download, and print the Publications, subject to the following restrictions:
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  • Note that you need a license from the copyright holders. Does the Society for X actually hold the copyright on the books that they are hosting, or been granted relicensing authority by the copyright holder? Nov 15, 2021 at 5:42
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    "subject to the following restrictions:" what are those restrictions?
    – Ryan M
    Nov 15, 2021 at 6:15
  • What do you mean by "Assuming I'm not limited to the restrictions." please Nov 15, 2021 at 20:22

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This is allowed. The limited license condition

hereby grants you a limited, nonexclusive right and license, solely for your personal use, to use the Site view, download, and print the Publications

as long as your use is not against the law, do not use it for commercial purposes, and do not resell a publication or charge a fee for its use. The wording of the license does raise a question as to whether you are allowed to use the site, download or print for purposes that are not solely personal, but are also not commercial. This article surveys the legally slippery territory covered by "personal use" under US copyright law.

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