Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians

Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians


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As front line gatekeepers at the cutting edge of the digital revolution, librarians control how information is purchased, stored, and accessed. Complex laws and fast-changing practices in digital content licensing mean that every agreement starts from scratch, even as the availability of digital materials in the library increases exponentially. Covering the basics of digital licensing for librarians, this one-stop guide offers a practical, plain-language approach that demystifies the process. Copyright expert Lesley Ellen Harris shows - step-by-step - what it takes to negotiate and interpret solid licensing agreements with confidence, whether you're buying rights to data for library customers or selling rights to images or information from the library's collection. Breaking the process down into steps and checklists, this user-friendly book covers all the bases including: * Three steps to negotiating a license * Three steps to creating a licensing policy * 12 misconceptions about license agreements * Five key licensing concerns * How to negotiate like a winner * Quick starter's tips Entire chapters are devoted to frequently asked questions and the lingo of licensing, and ""licensing tips"" throughout help you to think like a negotiator while learning the basics. A detailed road map into territory for which industry standards do not exist, this guide to the digital information access frontier is a must-have for every librarian.

About Author

Lesley Ellen Harris is a copyright, licensing, and e-commerce lawyer and consultant who works on legal, business, and strategic issues in the publishing, entertainment, Internet, and information industries. From 1987-1991, she was a Senior Copyright Officer for the Canadian government where she helped revise the country's copyright laws. Since that time, Harris has worked as a consultant and runs a seminar company,, which organizes workshops on issues such as digital licensing, e-commerce, and managing copyright issues. Her consulting clients include libraries, archives, museums, publishers, governments, unions, associations, and corporations. Harris is the author of Canadian Copyright Law and Digital Property: Currency of the 21st Century (McGraw Hill) and the editor of The Copyright & New Media Law Newsletter: For Libraries, Archives & Museums. She earned her law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto and is a member of the Ontario bar.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780838908150
  • Format: Paperback
  • ID: 9780838908150
  • ISBN10: 0838908152

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