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RE: Automatic Renewal in Licenses?

I am not familiar with a federal law prohibiting automatic renewals, but
our City Administrative Code does forbid them, and City licensing
contracts explicitly exclude them. An automatic renewal with a long
cancellation notice period that is out-of-synch with the City's budgeting
schedule could obligate the City to pay for something that is not covered
by the annual budget, and for which there is no appropriation.

Sybil L. Boutilier
San Francisco Public Library
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 557-4214 phone
(415) 437-4830 fax

From: owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu on behalf of Ann Okerson 
Date: Fri, 28 May 2004 15:28:56 -0400 (EDT)
From: amy beitzel <amy.beitzel@montgomerycountymd.gov>
Subject: Liblicense Web Site Feedback
I've heard that any mention of "automatic renewal" in a license agreement
is now illegal.  Can you cite me the law pertaining to this?
Vendors may not automatically renew online subscription databases, in
other words.