Licensing Digital Content / Edition 2

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The revised edition of this popular one-stop resource covers the basics of digital licensing for librarians in a plain-language approach that demystifies the process. Written from the librarian's perspective, this second edition

Updates licensing terminology and changes in technology

Covers opportunities for cost savings

Includes further information on the global aspects of licensing

Explains how to educate organizations that have signed license agreements

Librarians play a unique role in license agreements and this book, which also includes a comprehensive checklist for a digital license, gives library professionals and students the tools needed to negotiate and organize license agreements.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Amy S. Pattee
Dedicated to demystifying the digital content licensing process, copyright, licensing, and digital properties lawyer Lesley Ellen Harris's second edition of Licensing Digital Content provides an overview of the digital licensing process for libraries and other information institutions. In plain English, Harris clarifies the terms and concepts related to digital content licensing, describes common and boilerplate clauses typically amended to licenses, and provides tips on negotiating licensing agreements. This resource concludes with appendixes featuring reprints of Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act on Fair Use, and Section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Act on Interlibrary Loan, a digital licenses clauses checklist, and a brief glossary drawn from Yale University's Liblicense Web site. Any librarian or professional new to the process of digital content licensing will find much-needed clarification of the process: libraries or institutions entering into licensing agreements as either consumers or licensees (e.g., an institution in the process of negotiating the subscription to an online database or periodical) or as content owners or licensors (e.g., a library wishing to license any content it created for use by others) are all potential audiences for this text. Admittedly, Harris's book is not pleasure reading; however, its clear organization—which includes boxed licensing tips and a concluding "Question and Answer" chapter—allows for easy access to much-needed information. Reviewer: Amy S. Pattee
Library Journal
Harris, ex-senior copyright officer in Canada and author of Digital Property: Currency of the 21st Century (McGraw-Hill Professional, 1998), has taken a complex subject and written, in lay readers' terms, guidelines for the licensing of digital content. She includes chapters on items such as the step-by-step process of the licensing experience, tips on different clauses for the agreement, and negotiation. There is also a good question-and-answer section. The author is very knowledgeable about the subject and feels strongly that licensing is something librarians can do for themselves without hiring an attorney. If there are any negative aspects of the volume, it's the price, which seems a bit steep for a book that runs 137 pages. While global issues are supposed to be covered, the author's primary interest is U.S. and Canadian copyright law. Harris also includes an appendix of sections 107 and 108 of the U.S. those libraries that license digital materials. Robert Martindale, Patent Libn., Dallas P.L. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838909928
  • Publisher: ALA Editions
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Note to Canadian and Other Non-U.S. Readers
Quick-Starter Tips for a Successful Agreement
1 When to License 1
2 Demystifying the Licensing Experience 15
3 Learning the Lingo 32
4 Key Digital Licensing Clauses 41
5 Boilerplate Clauses 77
6 Un-Intimidating Negotiations 87
7 Questions and Answers on Licensing 99
8 Go License! 111
App. A Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act on Fair Use 117
App. B Section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Act on Interlibrary Loan 118
Glossary 122
Resources 128
Index 131
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