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Re: Vendor nondisclosure agreement

In Florida, the only non-disclosure agreement permitted by law is for
information or data designated as "trade secrets".  No other condition
applies including financial data disclosed in a bid process.

Michele Newberry
Florida Center for Library Automation

Rick Anderson wrote:

> (This has also been posted to ACQNET -- apologies for any duplication.)
> A member of the Acquisitions staff here at UNR recently registered to use
> the website of one of our vendors, and subsequently received in the mail a
> nondisclosure agreement to be signed by everyone in the department who
> plans to use the site; the NDA says that we promise not to give out our
> password. We're not talking about access to a database of online content
> here, but rather to the vendor's ordering service and title list.  No
> other vendor we work with requires us to sign such an agreement, and
> frankly, I don't really see why we should.  I'm inclined to say "No,
> thanks."  (Interestingly, I recently had a similar conversation with the
> folks at netLibrary, who include nondisclosure language in their standard
> license agreement.  We took that language out, which is why I can tell you
> it exists.)  It's not that we want to distribute our password, of course;
> it's just that I don't like making contractual agreements without good
> reason.
> I assume that others have either signed or refused to sign this agreement
> or others like it -- any interesting and/or helpful experiences to share?
> -------------
> Rick Anderson
> Electronic Resources/Serials Coordinator
> The University Libraries
> University of Nevada, Reno
> 1664 No. Virginia St.
> Reno, NV  89557
> PH  (775) 784-6500 x273
> FX  (775) 784-1328
> rickand@unr.edu