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We have met the enemy...
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- Subject: We have met the enemy...
- From: Rick Anderson <Rick_Anderson@uncg.edu>
- Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 18:58:33 EDT
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We've been talking a lot recently about the unreasonable license terms that publishers impose on us librarians. In light of that discussion, I thought I'd draw the list's attention to a license I've just examined. It contains a Dreaded Indemnification Clause, and a pretty awful one at that, including as it does the following two terms : "The Licensee assumes sole responsibility for all uses..." and "The Licensee agrees to indemnify and hold [the publisher] harmless from and against any and all claims, liabilities, damages, expenses (including attorney's fees) or losses, including without limitation, claims of unauthorized use, arising from such uses." Pretty egregious stuff. The culprit? Our very own American Library Association. The above is from the license agreement for ChoiceReviews.online. So next time we librarians accuse you publishers of insensitivity to our needs and gross ignorance of the stark realities of library work, you can take cold comfort in the knowledge that you're not alone -- apparently we librarians don't quite understand those needs and realities either. Which is a little weird if you think about it, given that most librarians, you know, work in libraries. -------- Rick Anderson Head Acquisitions Librarian Jackson Library UNC Greensboro (336) 334-5281 firstname.lastname@example.org "If you enjoy, you understand; if you understand, you enjoy... To like a football game is to understand it in the football way." -- Gertrude Stein