The core access guidelines for Buddhist Digital Resource Center were developed by E. Gene Smith. The Board of Directors made clarifications in 2012, and further clarifications were made in 2014 and 2019 after review by Harvard University Copyright Advisor, Kyle Courtney.
BDRC's license and access policy serves two distinct purposes:
1. It maximizes access to cultural works to sustain the living traditions.
2. It protects the legal and cultural rights of authors and publishers.
Where these purposes may conflict, BDRC respects the rights of authors and publishers, including upholding copyright law as it pertains to some of the works in BDRC's archive. BDRC does not own the copyright for any of the texts in our archive and therefore cannot waive copyright (copyright refers to the legal ownership of the work). However, a significant portion of the texts in the BDRC archive reside in the public domain and are openly accessible. We recognize that the Buddhist canon and other scriptures belong to the cultures that produced them and strive to make these texts as freely available as we are legally allowed to. BDRC shares certain copyrighted materials with the public on a limited basis under the doctrine of fair use.
BDRC allows registered users to freely download full PDFs of open access works from the BUDA platform. You can create an account for free.
If you do not have an account, or are not logged into an account, access is limited to the first 20 and last 20 pages of a work. If you need help with registration or have a question about your account, please contact support at firstname.lastname@example.org.