CRKN and the Model License Task Group is pleased to announce that the updated Model License is now available for use. After over a year of systematic reviews, assessments, and consultations, the new Model License is updated to include current best practices and guidance for future trends.
The Model License allows CRKN to have a standardized set of rights and permissions for digital content that is licensed for CRKN member libraries. The goal of the Model License is to:
· Negotiate proactively with vendors by standardizing the terms expected for compliance
· Use a vetted license to negotiate, rather than using the proprietary license language of vendor licenses
· Suggest a threshold of minimum standards for CRKN licenses
· Transparently present a unified front of expected rights and permissions when negotiating licenses
In addition to its use at the consortia level, CRKN invites librarians to use the Model License when negotiating local licenses with vendors directly, adapting the license as needed in situations where a vendor license is unfavourable.
The new Model License is now available for download. For additional information and questions, please contact Craig Olsvik, Senior Content & Licensing Officer, firstname.lastname@example.org.