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RE: Online services to contiguous research parts

It is indeed a murky issue.  Many of the licenses also include a
requirement of personal, research or educational usage.  In the light of
some of the copyright decisions (although copyright is not the issue here,
quite) that might exclude commercial users.  On the other hand, many
academic users who are authorized may not be able to separate their
research into pure, and in partnership with outside corporations.

Patricia Erwin
Mayo Medical Library
Rochester MN 55905
Phone: 507-284-4952
FAX: 507-284-2215

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Picerno [mailto:ppicerno@choctaw.astate.edu]
Sent: Thursday, March 30, 2000 11:50 PM
To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
Subject: RE: Online services to contiguous research parts

I would think that the most nebulous area in the licensing would be in the
clause related to "authorized users" -- usually most licenses provide for
use by all members of a university community and those who are considered
to be authorized users. If the databases are to be accessed by IP
recognition, then users are, by default, limited to the campus IP
addresses. If access is by password, then theoretically, protection
against unauthorized use is enforced by password distribution. 

The issues would, I think, be in how the library views the industries,
whether they would be considered 'authorized users' or not ... it would
depend, to some extent, on the way that the university views the
non-academic community which surrounds it -- it may be that they (the
industrial users) will have to become "friends of the library" or,
perhaps, have some sort of remunerative way of making their use fit in
with the terms of the licenses. It might also be possible to broker some
sort of cooperative payment between the library and the industries for the
databases. This raises several interesting issues -- because in the print
world, there would be no restriction (usually) barring an industry
employee from entering a library and using a print source. But, the
complications of the net, as well as the nature of present user licenses,
will cause this issue to have to be rethought as more situations like this
arise. Conceivably, information is $$ to a corporation (which is why there
are special libraries and special librarians serving them) ... and so, if
they plan to, or would be expected to, use resources outside their walls,
how would the electronic scenario be different from the print scenario??
An interesting pickle, and one which will provide an interesting

The folowing message is forwarded from Paula Watson at the University of

Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2000 17:37:03 -0600
To: listproc@lists.yale.edu
From: Paula Watson <pdwatson@uiuc.edu>
Subject: Online services to contiguous research parks

Dear all:

The University of Illinois is actively pursuing construction of two
research parks, one near its south campus and one near its north campus.
The subject of provision of library services to the companies that may be
located in them has been raised.  Obviously, the service of most interest
would be access to the databases to which the library subscribes (and in
some form so that the Library could pass on any additional costs to the
companies involved).   I can think of many reasons why this might be
exceedingly difficult to negotiate and am wondering if anyone out there has
encountered this situation and worked out some kind of a solution.  Thanks
for any advice.


Paula D. Watson
Director, Electronic Information Services
University of Illinois Library, Rm. 246A, MC-522
1408 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, Illinois 61801
pdwatson@uiuc.edu; (217) 333-0318 (voice); (217) 244-4358 (fax)