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  • 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:

  • 1.

    Attribution – you must credit the originator of the work

  • 2.

    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

  • 3.

    Attribution- non-commercial share-alike – only allows use by non- commercial organisations and you must share your product. Derivatives are allowed.

  • 4.

    Attribution – non-commercial – again derivatives are allowed but derivative works can be licensed on different terms. Only non-commercial use is allowed.

  • 5.

    Attribution – no derivatives – allows redistribution by commercial and non- commercial organisations but it must be passed on unchanged with the originator credited.

  • 6.

    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

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