I agree that there is a great need for such a program and
am interested in helping to shape it.
On Thu, 29 Mar 2001 15:58:51 -0500 Rodney Petersen
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> I am curious if members of this list think there would be sufficient interest
> in "Licensing Workshops" for individuals in higher education responsible for
> reviewing or negotiating software licenses. I believe that the growing
> complexity of software licensing, including the influence of laws like UCITA
> and initiatives to reform the copyright act, warrant some serious professional
> development for IT staff, procurement authorities, and general counsel.
> Changing business models, potentially including the use of application service
> providers, also necessitate that we are both better educated and perhaps can
> speak from a common set of core principles when it comes to our negotiations
> with vendors.
> As some of you may know, the Association of Research Libraries developed
> regional workshops a few years ago in response to the growing dependence on
> licenses in the library setting that govern access to electronic databases and
> increasingly for use of digital materials. Those workshops have been very
> successful. More information about the ARL program, including a link to a
> useful set of "Principles for Licensing Electronic Resources", is available at
> If there is interest in the development of a similar for software licensing, I
> would be happy to present a proposal to EDUCAUSE and welcome the assistance or
> support of others who might be interested in shaping such a program. Please
> share your reactions or ideas with the entire list or respond to me
> individually, if you prefer.
> Rodney Petersen
> Director, Policy and Planning
> University of Maryland
Information Technology Services
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