Copyright and Take Down

Access and Re-use of the contents of Aston Data Explorer

Metadata will be accessible to anyone free of charge. The metadata may be re-used in any medium without prior permission and re-sold commercially provided the repository is mentioned.

Datasets can be accessed free of charge can be reused according to the licence for the specific dataset.


If no external contract exists, all primary research data generated at Aston University during the course of research by researchers working at the university falls under the ownership of Aston University.

The University may choose to restrict access to works, whether in part or in full, if copyright permission is in doubt or unavailable.

If you believe an item has been deposited in violation of copyright, please refer to the Aston Publications Explorer Takedown Policy.

Takedown Policy

If the administrators of Aston Data Explorer are notified of a potential breach of copyright, or receive a plausible complaint indicating a violation of any law (including but not limited to laws on copyright, patent, trademark, confidentially, data protection, obscenity, defamation or libel) the Resource or Contribution involved will be withdrawn from the repository as quickly as possible pending further investigation. A decision on whether the Resource or Contribution may be made available again may take some time if it is necessary for Aston Data Explorer to seek legal advice to resolve the complaint.

How to complain

If you have discovered material in Aston Data Explorer which is unlawful e.g. breaches copyright, (either yours or that of a third party) or any other law, including but not limited to those relating to patent, trademark, confidentiality, data protection, obscenity, defamation, libel, please contact the Research Services Lead in writing (and preferably also by email) providing the following information:

  • Your contact details
  • Full details of the Resource or Contribution, including the author, title and resource address (URL).
  • The website address where you found the content in Aston Data Explorer.
  • The nature of your complaint.
  • An assertion that your complaint is made in good faith and is accurate.
  • If you are complaining about breach of your own copyright, please state, under penalty of perjury, that you are the rights owner or are authorised to act for the rights owner.

Please send your complaint to:

FAO: Research Services Lead (Re: Takedown)
Library Services,
Aston University,
Aston Triangle,
B4 7ET.
or send an email with the message header ‘Takedown’ to the following address:

Notice and Takedown Procedure

Aston will acknowledge receipt of your complaint by email or letter and will make an initial assessment of the validity and plausibility of the complaint, possibly taking legal advice.

The Resource or Contribution will be temporarily removed from Aston Data Explorer pending an agreed solution.

Aston Data Explorer will contact the contributor who deposited the material. The contributor will be notified that the material is subject to a complaint, under what allegations, and will be encouraged to assuage the complaints concerned.

The complainant and the contributor will be encouraged to resolve the issue swiftly and amicably and to the satisfaction of both parties, with the following possible outcomes:

  • The Resource or Contribution will be returned to Aston Data Explorer unchanged.
  • The Resource or Contribution will be returned to Aston Data Explorer with appropriate changes.
  • The Resource or Contribution will be removed from Aston Data Explorer.

If the contributor and the complainant are unable to agree a solution, the Resource or Contribution will remain unavailable through Aston Data Explorer until a time when a resolution has been reached.