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Re: digest 581

As a public university, the University of California is subject to state
laws about open records.  I tell all vendors who try to require
nondisclosure agreements that it just won't happen.  Never yet had one
press the point after that.

Mike Rancer
Univ. of Calif.

At 12:02 AM 01/26/2001 -0500, Electronic Content Licensing Discussion wrote:

>From: "Rick Anderson" <rickand@unr.edu>
>To: "Liblicense-L@Lists. Yale. Edu" <liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu>
>Subject: Vendor nondisclosure agreement
>Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2001 12:54:05 EST
>(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
>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