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Third-Party Content

Third-party content is content created/produced by an individual or organization that is not the website owner. Some websites allow third parties to upload content onto their websites, like blogs, articles, or videos.

Does the content (or page) belong to the website?

Consider the following steps to verify the content/webpage ownership:

  • Check for copyright notices on the page.
  • If the content is a blog or article, look for any notices on the article for ownership.
  • Check the TOU for restrictions that may apply to blogs or articles.

Next Steps:

  • If a third party owns the content, and you are unable to determine the copyright holder's policies or restrictions from the original link, you will need to find the copyright owner's website. There may be a link to the original posting site, or you may need to Google the content owner's name.
  • Once you locate the content source (the copyright owner's homepage), you can use that site's TOU to determine restrictions or policies that may apply to UOPX usage.
  • If you cannot locate the third-party website but found contact information for the copyright owner, proceed with a written request.
  • If you are unable to locate the third-party website AND cannot find any other contact information, notify the requester that the copyright for the website is in question. Offer to contact the original website owner for more information about the content, but explain the process may take longer than usual. Ask the requester if they would like to continue or if they would like assistance finding replacement content.
  • If you are unable to find information about the third-party content and are unable to contact the website on which it is posted, the content is not allowed.

Common Third Party Content

PubMed and NCBI is a website from the National Library of Medicine comprised of citations and full-text articles. It often contains third-party content. It will post a free article designation or copyright information near the top of the page, or it will provide a link to the content, which usually involves leaving the PubMed website.

If a third party has uploaded the content and you cannot determine the copyright restrictions (i.e., there is no Creative Commons license or copyright language posted on the content), the next step is to locate the third-party's website and its restrictions.