Terms of the licence – what is allowed and not allowed, including warranties
Generalities – termination and the jurisdiction where disputes will be settled.
To be valuable a licence should extend the acts permitted under UK law and should certainly not exclude acts permitted by law.
Bebbington has given a good exposition of licences in several publicly available documents e.g. ‘Managing content: copyright and privacy issues in managing electronic resources’. TASI also provides an Example Licence Agreement in legal language.
4.7.1 Licensing end-users
HEFCE recommends the use of Creative Commons type licences for end-users as a first-line of protection for e-learning where commercial considerations and third- party rights are not relevant. Creative Commons licences are available in easy-to- understand versions which could be used as warning screens
There are six basic types:
Attribution – you must credit the originator of the work
Attribution – non-commercial, no derivatives – allows redistribution and sharing with others provided you are credited but no changes are allowed and the material cannot be changed or used commercially
Attribution- non-commercial share-alike – only allows use by non- commercial organisations and you must share your product. Derivatives are allowed.
Attribution – non-commercial – again derivatives are allowed but derivative works can be licensed on different terms. Only non-commercial use is allowed.
Attribution – no derivatives – allows redistribution by commercial and non- commercial organisations but it must be passed on unchanged with the originator credited.
Attribution – share alike – allows derivatives even for commercial reasons provided the originator is credited.
Looking at the Attribution–NonCommercial-Share alike, this in human-readable summary is expressed as: You are free:
to copy, distribute, display and perform the work
to make derivative copies
under the following conditions:
Attribution. You must give the original author credit
Non-commercial: you many not use this work for commercial purposes
Share alike. If you alter, transform or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under a licence identical to this on.
For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the licence terms of this work