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Read the Contract! Database and eBook Licensing for Libraries and Law Firms

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Library (and law firm) database (and eBook) licensing can be tricky, to put it mildly.

There are hundreds, thousands even, of fee-based subscription databases used by lawyers, legal researchers, librarians, historians, etc.  If you need to negotiate and manage a database contract, here is a useful primer, and much more:

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) has posted the following Code of Best Practices for Licensing Electronic Resources guidelines on its website, with easy access for everyone, not just AALL members:

Contents include: CODE OF BEST PRACTICES FOR LICENSING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
Code Section I – Licensing Preparedness
Code Section II – License Components
Code Section III – Authorized Use and Authorized Users
Code Section IV – Copyright and Intellectual Property
Code Section V – Archiving
Code Section VI – Usage Tracking and User Privacy
Code Section VII –Termination/Renewal
Code Section VIII –Dispute Resolution
Code Section IX – Warranties/Quality of Service
Appendix A: CHECKLIST FOR LICENSING ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
Appendix B: RESOURCES FOR LICENSING TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
Appendix C: RESOURCES FOR SAMPLE CLAUSES AND MODEL LICENSE AGREEMENTS
Appendix D: BIBLIOGRAPHY – LICENSING AND PROCUREMENT OF ELECTRONIC RESOURCES
Appendix E: Procurement Process Checklist for Law Libraries