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Re: History of licensing

I have written an informal article that will be published in an upcoming
issue of Against the Grain. I will send you a copy in a separate email.

Joyce L. Ogburn
Associate Director of the Libraries
Resources and Collection Management Services
University of Washington
Box 352900
Seattle WA 98195-2900
phone: 206-685-2889; fax: 206-685-8727

----- Original Message -----
From: "Nick Smith" <NSMITH@nla.gov.au>
To: <liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu>
Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2001 2:32 PM
Subject: History of licensing

> Hi  (This is my first post to this list):
> I'm interested to find out if anyone has any information on the history of
> licensing electronic resources. (I've had a look through the archives but
> can't find anything on this.)
> I understand that packaged computer programs were the first to be
> accompanied by licences. Although paper books could just as easily be
> shrinkwrapped as software, they were not for the following reasons: (1)
> software publishers have a (reasonably justified) fear of digital piracy
> that does not exist with paper materials; (2) computer programs *require*
> a license of some kind (they must be reproduced on the users hard drive
> whereas the ordinary use of a book does not involve copyright); (3)
> consumers would have reacted in horror to shrink-wrap licensed books
> whereas the new market for computer software was not 'burdened' by these
> expectations.
> When did licence agreements start to migrate from operating systems and
> applications to content resources? Who led the way here and why? (I guess
> the desire to maintain a greater level of control is a prominent reason).
> Thanks
> Nick
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