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RE: Heads up: Nature license and confidentiality

Interesting; I hadn't read it that way but looking at the clause 
you might just be right, Rick.  I think that the whole approach 
with the new licences from Nature have been curious to say the 
least.  But we can at least applaud them for making their 
'special' journals (i.e. not those with Nature in the title) free 
after a certain time period from next year.  Fabulous news.

Louise Cole
Electronic Resources Team Leader
Health Sciences Library
University of Leeds
email: l.cole@leeds.ac.uk

-----Original Message-----
[mailto:owner-liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu] On Behalf Of Rick Anderson
Sent: 24 August 2006 00:24
To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu; SERIALST: Serials in Libraries
Discussion Forum
Subject: Heads up: Nature license and confidentiality

Nature recently announced
(http://www.nature.com/press_releases/NPG_opens_archives.pdf) a
sort of modified open access to its archival content.  However,
there's a catch: they're now asking us to sign a new version of
the license agreement for our 2007 renewals, in order (as my new
sales rep put it) "to guarantee that you have access if you need
to cancel."

Most of the new license language is okay, but they now apparently
want confidentiality for pricing and license terms.  If we agree,
that could spell the end of public discussion of Nature's pricing
practices.  It seems to me that we'd better all decide that we're
not going to agree.

Rick Anderson
Dir. of Resource Acquisition
University of Nevada, Reno Libraries