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proxy servers -Reply

You should be aware that the issues with proxy servers often go beyond
license terms to the technical wrenches that they can throw into IP based
authentication systems.  This does not apply to all proxy servers and is
very dependent on the way they are set up, and how they interact with
particular authentication systems.

Based on our own experience, we can and do provide access to a number of
subscribers who use proxy servers.  We can not provide access at all to
some subscribers via their particular proxy server configurations.  We
would be willing to do so if their proxy servers were compatible with our
authentication mechanism.

So be careful, and make sure the technical folks are aware that a variety
of IP address based authentication systems will have to work transparently
through the proxy server.  The license restrictions are often based on
very real technical obstacles.


David K. Ades
Manager, Journal Development
American Institute of Physics
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>Deborah Lenares <dlenares@jazz.ucc.uno.edu> 08/25/98 11:51pm
Our library has begun investigating the possible use of proxy servers to
offer remote access to resources.

I would like to know if the members of this list are aware of licenses
that restrict the use of resources through proxy servers.  I have heard
that this can be a problem, and before we decide to use a proxy server for
authentication and remote access, we want to be sure this would not limit
our selection of resources.

Thanks for your feedback on this issue.

Deborah Lenares

Electronic Resources Librarian
Earl K. Long Library
University of New Orleans