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RE: Problems with Blackwell Publishing Standard License Agreement

> This license does not require a signature, but, we are supposed to make
> the terms available to our users.  Since it does not require a signature
> are the rest of you ignoring the license assuming that it would not stand
> in a court of law?

Unless you sign it, it's not a contract -- at least, not unless you're in
a UCITA state, in which case I believe there's a bit more murkiness to the
legal status of "contracts of adhesion."  I make it a point not to
negotiate license agreements that don't require a signature.  It's too
much work, takes too much time and grants too much implied legitimacy to
what is not, in fact, a legally binding document.

Rick Anderson
Director of Resource Acquisition
The University Libraries
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