One of our residency programs wished to use the electronic version of a 2004 article from American Family Physician. The physicians report that when they tried to download, they were blocked by the journal website, with a message indicating that permission for use of the electronic version was not given, and that they should seek out the paper copy.
This is a “free online” journal, and other articles can be downloaded/printed. Due to space limitations, our hospital library doesn’t keep back issues of this journal.
Has anyone else seen this type of restriction? Any comment on the implications of such restrictions?