Our digital licensing courses reflect the way libraries and other organizations now procure, access, share and store information.
In the pre-electronic days, we purchased and owned print copies of books and magazines. And we owned them as long as we wanted or as long as they lasted. Now we access that same content through electronic databases, e-books, and digital journals. These changes have brought new tasks for many librarians, copyright managers, content owners, publishers and other nonlawyers.
Procurement of digital content requires new skills such as negotiating, interpreting legal agreements, and understanding how to legally use licensed content. Accessing and sharing this content is subject to the terms and conditions of licenses.
Copyrightlaws.com offers three courses on digital licensing that address the know-how and skills you need to understand, interpret, negotiate and manage licensing agreements tailored to your library or organization’s specific needs (jump to course details below using the links):
- Introduction to Digital Licensing
- Digital Licensing Terms and Conditions
- Negotiating and Managing Digital Licenses
Each course Syllabus is below.
Register for Digital Licensing Terms and Conditions, 5 to 16 November
Register for Introduction to Digital Licensing, 19 to 30 November
Register for Negotiating and Managing Digital Licenses, 3 to 14 December
Certificate in Licensing Digital Content
Enroll in all three courses in 2018 and you’ll be invited (for no extra fee) to join the Certificate in Licensing Digital Content, which includes online discussions, tools to help you navigate your licenses, networking opportunities with other licensing professionals, and a certificate of completion.
Email us for more information about the Certificate in Licensing Digital Content.
Learn more about how our eTutorials work by clicking here.
Introduction to Digital Licensing
A good license agreement can make it easy to access, use and share licensed digital content. Learn essential steps toward the best licenses for your library or organization, the relationship between copyright and licenses, licensing language and debunking licensing myths.
Introduction to Digital Licensing includes 10 e-lessons addressing the following topics:
- Why Understanding Licensing Is Essential
- Key Licensing Concepts
- Copyright, Contracts and Licensing Agreements
- Global Licensing Issues
- Why Each License is Unique
- Essential Steps Toward Your License Arrangement
- Components of a Licensing Policy
- Ensuring Others Legally Use Content Under Your Licenses
- Debunking Licensing Misconceptions
- Digital Licensing Questions and Answers
Digital Licensing Terms and Conditions
This course delves into commonly found license terms and conditions, also called clauses, and when to use them in your licenses. Think of this course as a checklist for clauses to include in or omit from your license agreements. It’s essential for those who interpret or negotiate license agreements.
There are 11 e-lessons in Digital Licensing Terms and Conditions on the following topics:
- Definitional Clauses
- Rights Granted
- Sublicenses, Interlibrary Loan and Fair Use
- Usage and Usage Restrictions
- License Fees and Pricing Models
- Licensor Obligations
- Licensee Obligations
- Authorized Users, Territory, and Ownership of Content
- Termination, Warranties and Indemnities
- Boilerplate Clauses, PartI
- Boilerplate Clauses, Part II and Best Practices
Negotiating and Managing Digital Licenses
This course provides an examination of the art of negotiation for license agreements. It provides you with practical tips and strategies so your licenses reflect the terms and conditions your library or organization needs. It further helps you to effectively manage multiple digital licenses.
Syllabus (subject to change)
The nine e-lessons in Negotiating and Managing Digital Licenses cover the following topics:
- The Meaning of Negotiation
- A Mindful Approach to Negotiation
- Preparing for Negotiations
- During the Negotiations
- License Format and Administration
- Negotiation Questions and Answers
- Future Looking Licenses
- Managing Your Licenses
- Best Practices for Licensing Digital Content
Benefits of Taking Copyrightlaws.com’s Digital Licensing Courses
- Understand the interplay of copyright and contracts when licensing electronic resources
- Understand key terminology when reading a license and acquire a glossary of commonly used terms and conditions in digital licenses
- Learn tips and tricks for the best possible licenses for your library or organization
- Gain insight on educating end-users about how to legally use licensed content
- Gain confidence in negotiating and interpreting licenses
- Learn strategies for effectively managing digital licenses
Who Should Enroll in Our Digital Licensing Courses?
Our digital licensing course are primarily aimed at:
- Employees of libraries and other for- and nonprofit organizations that license digital content and e-resources such as databases, journals and periodicals
- Content owners such as aggregators and publishers
- Anyone who interprets, negotiates or manages digital licenses
What Our Graduates Say
Introduction to Digital Licensing
“I learned a lot about digital licensing. I recommend this course to librarians licensing electronic resources.”
— Katherine Greene, Resources and Copyright Support Librarian, Georgetown University Medical Centre (November 2018)
“This course provided me with a fundamental understanding of copyright and licensing. I really liked that I was able to complete each lesson on my own time. Each lesson was concise enough to be completed during a busy workday but still contained meaningful content. The licensing skills from this course will be very useful managing relations with vendors for online research platforms and assisting in bringing in new platforms. I definitely recommend this course.”
— Emily Newman, Librarian (November 2018)
“I found this course to be a useful overview of licensing for librarians. The e-mail format allowed me to do things at my own pace. I really like the sample licenses that were provided and we will now be creating our own license template for use with vendors.”
— Alana Pollock, Library Manager, Natural Resources Canada (November 2018)
Our digital licensing courses were developed by Lesley Ellen Harris, Founder and CEO
of Copyrightlaws.com and author of
Licensing Digital Content, A Practical Guide for Libraries, Third Edition.