Licensing digital content

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For Immediate Release

May 26, 2009


ALA Editions , the publishing imprint of the American Library Association just released

“Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians, 2nd Edition” by Lesley Ellen Harris. The revised edition updates the basics of digital licensing for librarians in a plain-language approach that demystifies the process. Written from the librarian's perspective, this guide:

  • 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

Harris is a copyright, licensing and digital property lawyer who consults on legal, business, policy and strategic issues in the publishing, entertainment, Internet and information industries. Since 1991 her practice has served a broad range of clients, and she frequently works with libraries, archives, museums and educational institutions. She often speaks at conferences and teaches in-person and online courses on copyright and licensing through and in conjunction with national and regional associations in Canada and the United States. Harris is the author of the books “Digital Property: Currency of the 21st Century” (1997), “Canadian Copyright Law” (3rd ed., 2001), “Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians” (1st ed., 2002) and numerous articles.

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