Useful websites

A recent Ithaka report, Sustainability and Revenue Models for Online Academic Resources (2008) has a useful section on content licensing as a tool for enabling online academic content to become more self-sustaining. It compares exclusive and non-exclusive licensing and distribution, as well as syndication and exchange of resources. Since the report was published, a number of interesting case studies of business models have been produced by Ithaka.

The Copyright Clearance Center ( provides managed services to publishers and to businesses in the US.

Current Cites ( – a freely available digest of abstracts of articles relevant to digital information professionals.

Publaw ( is an introductory guide for electronic clauses in contracts.

Keeping within the Law ( – website from Facet Publishing, the publisher of the Chartered Institute of Librarians (CILIP), which contains a collection of material about information law.

Keep your copyrights ( is a useful site created by legal academics at Columbia University Law School. It is designed for content owners to make most effective use of their content when licensing it. It includes a range of contract clauses, with comments as “creator-friendly”, or “creator-unfriendly”, or even “incredibly overreaching”.

Licensing Models ( is a free website that provides some standard journal licence agreements that can be freely used or adapted. ( – an online publication sustained by advertising that provides information and updates on the commercial content licensing scene.

The Fairuse site at Stanford University Libraries ( has excellent links and discussion of US copyright law, including relevant case law.

Yale University Library, Licensing Digital Information: a resource for librarians ( – a valuable site, with lots of relevant and up-to-date information. Mainly useful for libraries.

The SPARC Open Access Newsletter ( is a guide to what is happening in the world of open access scholarship.

The Open Access Directory ( ) is a collectively produced wiki that provides information about open access.

The Canadian Virtual Museum has a useful Canadian Museum’s Guide to Developing a Licensing Strategy at, most of which is valid for collections of intellectual property anywhere.

A good way to keep up to date with digital rights management is to read the DRM Watch newsletter at

For museums and institutions, there is a comprehensive guide to creating and managing a digital content collection at the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN), including an impressive section devoted to gathering and interpreting usage statistics.