I'm a high schooler who self studies math. A university in my state (University of Minnesota) is offering college courses to high schoolers so I automatically get access to, and can download, books on Springer by just clicking the “access via institution” button and logging in.

I'm worried that this summer after the school year ends something will happen to my account, so I won't have access to the books.

More generally, what would happen to anyone's downloaded resources after they loose access to the original website?

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    nothing happens to downloaded files. You can just use them forever
    – Sursula
    Commented Dec 8, 2023 at 5:01
  • @Sursula holy hell Commented Dec 8, 2023 at 5:02
  • @ProPoop you want to check out this old short story: gnu.org/philosophy/right-to-read.en.html Commented Dec 8, 2023 at 5:11
  • @JoshRumbut You're referring to an hypothetical situation in the future with that link. The story told there is certainly not reality today. Commented Dec 8, 2023 at 6:56
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    That's why some publishers are trying to make you read the paper throught their enhanced online reader: so you do not download it and they preserve the right to let you access (or not) them
    – EarlGrey
    Commented Dec 8, 2023 at 10:52

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Nothing happens to downloaded files

As somebody already pointed out; nothing happens to downloaded files, you just simply lose access to Springer, so if you want to look up or download other PDF's I would suggest to do it now before you lose access.

As for the copyright and usage I would refer you to their terms and conditions. But I assume there is no real risk for anything except if you are sharing those papers online and whatnot.

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