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?

  • At a minimum it is probably against your library's terms of use of their resources, and it probably violates intellectual property restrictions to do it on that scale without permission. For example, for Google to be able to search a journal for indexing on Google Scholar, the journal has to give Google permission (though it typically goes the other way: journals are approaching Google asking them to index). – Bryan Krause Jul 29 '17 at 21:51

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