Licence


#1

This is a proposed new standard glossary term. See this post for background on this review track. To comment on the term below either click the blue “Reply” button at the bottom or select a passage of text in the term and click the “Quote” pop-up to create a comment about that section only.

Short Definition: Signed agreement to exploit a piece of IP such as a process, product, data, or software.

Extended Definition: An official document that gives you permission to own, do, or use something, usually after you have paid money and/or taken a test. Commonly used licences for open access works include Creative Commons licences. In the UK context, information about licences can be obtained from the IPO (Intellectual Property Office).

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Sources: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/licence, https://www.gov.uk/guidance/licensing-intellectual-property

Term Lead: Allison McCaig


#2

I would write out “intellectual property” and I would have a definition for “Creative Commons”, particularly CC BY, since that licence is the one most often needed for compliance with funder policies.


#3

I’m not sure “exploit” is the right term with respect to IP outside of Elsevier.

I would suggest something more neutral like “Signed agreement specifying the rights and re-use permissions of a piece of IP such as…”


#4

I think we should spell out the different types of licences here - I’ve made a detailed comment on this under “Copyright Transfer Agreement”,but licences can work in many different directions - not just Repository or Publisher-End-User.


#5

I think it would help to define specific licence types rather than a generic term, as it covers so many variations. For example “Licence to publish” which is usually a signed agreement, and “End-user licence” (eg Creative Commons) which is attached to content to express the terms of use, and not normally signed


#6

would it be useful to have a separate entry for Creative Commons? to anyone skimming the glossary list it is missing, and one would expect to see it more prominently


#7

I agree with Ross, and would remove the term “exploit”


#8

“Intellectual property” instead of “IP”
“a process, product, data, or software” -> “a process, product, data, software or publication”
“An official document” -> "A legal document"
Licenses may be exclusive or non exclusive, temporal or perpetual.

Alternative suggestion for a definition in the context of copyright:
A licence is a contractual agreement between the copyright owner and user that limits how the user can use the work (JISC, https://www.jisc.ac.uk/full-guide/copyright-law)


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