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RE: SciFinder Scholar Contract (fwd)

No, CAS isn't requiring a commitment to purchase in order to conduct a
trial.  We can sign a license agreement specifying the things we may and
may not do with the client software without making a commitment to
purchase (or license) the software once the trial is completed.  It does
make getting the trial set up more work than for the typical product, but,
again, that is because CAS must loan us their client software.  Perhaps I
didn't mind having the legal stuff occur up front because I knew we would
purchase the software in the end.

George Rickerson, Director
Library Systems Office
University of Missouri
615 Locust Street #200
Columbia, MO 65211
573-882-6107 fax

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Rick Anderson [mailto:rick_anderson@uncg.edu]
> Sent: Monday, October 19, 1998 2:51 PM
> To: liblicense-l@lists.yale.edu
> Subject: Re: SciFinder Scholar Contract (fwd)
> Are you saying that the vendor is going to make you commit to 
> purchase the
> product before you begin the trial period?  If so, then 
> they're not really
> offering you a trial period at all.
> > I do not see how it makes sense for us to involve our 
> lawyer to look at
> > the legal wording of a contract BEFORE a decision on 
> purchase is made.  I
> > would want our lawyer to make any necessary changes to the 
> contract AFTER
> > the University has made a decision to purchase.  But, I 
> guess that CAS
> > will not allow such changes.
> > <snip> 
> > I usually do not concern myself with vendor contracts, so I don't
> > know if this is typical of the CAS. (ie. We must sign a 
> contract BEFORE
> > agreeing to purchase.)  I do know that many other science 
> info vendors are
> > much more open to giving 30 day trials without making you 
> sign a contract
> > first.  
> ----------------------
> Rick Anderson
> Head Acquisitions Librarian
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> the de-tour is a re-turn guided by the 
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> homoisis), under the law of the same." 
>              -- Jacques Derrida
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