Suppose I want to provide "smart" (AI, meaning extraction etc.) search over many published papers (specifically, biological) to simplify researchers' live.

Now, I have access to my university library that contains text of many papers from different sources, including those with payed subscription.

Is it legal to download all papers, analyse them and provide search without disclosing full text of the paper, only small part of text or image and with proper citation?

  • $\begingroup$ You need a legal opinion, not one from a biologist. Your question is therefore off-topic and I have voted to close it. However, apart from the obvious step of looking at the conditions associated with download of papers from (?) — probably through — your library, you should consult your University librarian. I seem to have read that many journals do not allow such data mining. You are certainly not the first to think of doing this. $\endgroup$ – David Jul 29 '17 at 14:38
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is a legal question, not one about biology. $\endgroup$ – David Jul 29 '17 at 14:39
  • $\begingroup$ Can we talk about this? contact me at Keybase.io/gabefair $\endgroup$ – Gabriel Fair Jul 29 '17 at 14:45
  • $\begingroup$ Could Academia stackexchange would be a better fit for migration? $\endgroup$ – Always Confused Jul 29 '17 at 15:40
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    $\begingroup$ @AlwaysConfused law.stackexchange.com would be better. $\endgroup$ – JM97 Jul 30 '17 at 8:32

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