Legal Issues in Licensing Electronic Resources

Tuesday, 9/25/2018
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

This session was presented on September 25, 2018. Access the recording and materials now:


This is part 5 of the six-part series, Licensing Electronic Resources to Serve the Library's Mission. 

Legal Issues in Licensing Electronic Resources provides a review of the structure and significance of language in license agreements with a discussion of the most important provisions and requirements for libraries. Pitfalls to avoid. Provisions from a variety of licenses are provided as examples and were applicable suggestions for alternative language is suggested.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees should learn more about the difference between covenants and conditions, the most important provisions of concern in license language, legal risk-shifting and restrictions, clauses that every license agreement should include, as well as ongoing monitoring and other obligations.

Who Should Attend

All those interested in licensing electronic resources may benefit from a review of the most important elements in license agreements, top ten provisions of concern, legal risk-shifting, other restrictions, must have clauses, monitoring and obligations.


Tomas A. Lipinski is the Dean of the School of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. He holds the Juris Doctor, Master of Laws, and Ph.D. A lawyer and librarian, he teaches and writes on the legal issues affecting information organizations.  In 2006 he was the first named Global Law Fellow, Faculty of Law, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium where continues to lecture annually at its Centre for IT & IP Law.  THE LIBRARIAN’S LEGAL COMPANION FOR LICENSING INFORMATION RESOURCES AND SERVICES was published by Neal Schuman/ALA editions in 2012. 



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