Is the Licensing of Grey Literature Using the Full Palette of “Contractual” Colors?

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Lipinski, Tomas A. (University of Wisconsin) ; Copeland, Andrea J. (Indiana University) ; GreyNet, Grey Literature Network Service (2015)
  • Publisher: Amsterdam : TextRelease, 2015
  • Subject: Grey Literature | 05B - Information science, librarianship | Licensing

This paper reviews a sample of licenses or terms of use governing the use of grey collections. A license is a form of legal permission. It need not be a contract but often is. Some terms of service reviewed do not even provide permission per se but state a list or rules users should follow. From this analysis a list of best licensing practices or checklist of considerations can be offered. Regardless of the specific character the phrase “terms of use” is used to represent the “agreements” under discussion. The framework for comparison and assessment draws upon that used in similar studies used to evaluate the terms of service for various social media sites (Lipinski and Copeland, 2013; Lipinski, forthcoming). The various terms of use are reviewed in detail and deconstructed in terms of legal essence or effect in order to present a “landscape” or descriptive overview of the legal aspects of grey literature terms of use in current use. Includes: Conference preprint, Powerpoint presentation, Abstract and Biographical notes XA International
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