Text & Data Mining in Digital License Agreements
Licensing digital content is generally the domain of librarians and information professionals. These non lawyers must deal with a variety of situations and clauses and even understand legal terminology and how to negotiate and interpret license agreements. One of the newer areas librarians and information professionals are navigating is the inclusion of text and data mining clauses in their license agreements.
Copyright and licensing issues related to text and data mining (TDM) was the topic of my presentation in June 2016 at the Special Libraries Association (SLA) in Philadelphia. TDM, also called content mining, involves extracting data from content such as text, numbers, images and more, and making connections between those extracts by analyzing the data and creating new data. Generally, a copy is made of the original content in order to analyze it and mine it.
My presentation addressed the following issues:
- copyright versus licensing
- U.S. and Canadian copyright legislation on TDM (another panelist spoke about the U.K. copyright exception for TDM)
- Digital licensing agreements
- Best practices
TDM in Your Licenses
Is text and data mining included in your license agreements? Would it be helpful for your licenses to include a TDM clause? What wording in that clause would be helpful to you? Please email me with your comments and questions. I am in the process of updating my book, Licensing Digital Content: A Practical Guide for Librarians, and the new/third edition will address text and data mining in the context of license agreements.
Click to see the presentation slides on Text and Data Mining (TDM): Copyright and Licensing Issues