Literature Review on the Use of Licenses in Library Context, and the Limitations This Creates to Access to Knowledge
28 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2019
Date Written: January 20, 2017
The dual purpose of this literature review is, first, to identify and summarise limitations that result from the use of copyright licenses in a library context, and, second, to illustrate these limitations with specific examples available in both the academic and grey literature. The licenses discussed in the reviewed literature deal essentially with access to, and use of, digital content.
The scope of this literature review includes literature that concerns limitations in the context of the licensing of textual material (journals and e-books) by both academic and public libraries. The discussion draws a clear distinction between limitations faced by different types of libraries. As Machovec notes in relation to the licensing of e-books, there are substantial differences in the way this type of content is licensed to academic libraries on the one hand, and public libraries on the other, including different vendors/distributors and different business models.
Keywords: copyright, library, licensing, digital content
JEL Classification: K11, K12, K19
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