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The EIFL Model Licences are licences drafted by EIFL which contain more favourable provisions than any standard commercial licence for access and use of electronic journals and datasets. EIFL negotiates such licences with publishers on behalf of the EIFL members. The EIFL Model Licences contain provisions that allow students and staff to make effective use of online resources for learning, teaching and research.
Click the links below to view each Model Licence. The terms and conditions governing who can use a resource, and how, are similar.
Model Licences (single product agreements):
Model Licences (multi-product agreements):
It can be used by university, public, national, governmental libraries and research institutions within the countries of the EIFL members.
The Model Licences provide a consistent approach to access and use of resources to allow teachers, learners and researchers to use each resource to its fullest potential to support their activities. The EIFL Model Licences are drafted as an offer by the publisher to the consortia and/or individual institutions. The attraction of this is that the publisher does not have to sign the licences, only the consortia and the individual institutions have to complete the Acceptance of Licence Form and either fax, email or post this to the publisher.
Each Model Licence provides a starting point for negotiations with publishers. While every effort is made to retain all the clauses, occasionally amendments are made. However, this only occurs after consultation with a skilled legal counsel contracted by EIFL to ensure the interests of EIFL’s members are protected.
Although the terms and conditions from the Model Licences are invariably achieved, it is the responsibility of each institution to check the precise wording of the terms and conditions of each licence and if necessary to seek legal advice, before you sign an EIFL negotiated licence.
EIFL is not a party to the Model Licences. However, EIFL signs the Model Contract with each publisher to secure the prices negotiated for a specific resource and the use of the EIFL Model Licences.
Previously the Model Consortium Licence had two parts:
After consultation with the EIFL members and publishers it was felt that the sub-licence should be merged with the main agreement.
It also includes other terms and conditions in accordance with best practice for a licence of this nature such as the duration of the agreement, grounds for termination, acknowledgement of IPR, warranties and indemnities, Force Majeure and governing law.
The Model Institution Licence represents the agreement between an individual institution and a publisher. The agreement covers the pricing for the institution and the same terms and conditions of access and use of the resource as set out above for the Model Consortium Licence.
Under the EIFL models the resources can only be used for Educational Purposes. This means teaching and learning either face to face or distance learning, private study and research. The resource must not be used for any Commercial Use. This means use of the whole or parts of the resource with a view to a commercial gain.
The Licences refer to Authorised Users. These fall into two categories based on their relationship with an institution:
The Model Licences allow the institution to provide 24/7 access for multiple users, simultaneously using secure access to any member of staff and students of the institution.
Walk-in Users cannot be given remote access. They can only use the resource while physically located within the library premises, using computer terminals on the secure network. This is because Walk-in Users are not members of the institution; consequently their conduct cannot be regulated while off the premises, making it impossible for the institution to ensure that the terms and conditions of an EIFL negotiated licence is met.
The Model Licences allows all students and staff to use parts of the resource for:
The institution is allowed to make a local cache copy. This is particularly helpful where staff wish to use a resource during a teaching session, and want to guarantee speedy and reliable access by using a local copy of the resource (rather than relying on access via the web). Access to the cached version must still be via a secure network and is subject to the same terms and conditions as any other use.
Staff, students and Walk-in Users can:
Staff can "incorporate" parts of the resource in printed and electronic course packs, in teaching materials (printed and electronic),and use parts of the resource in Virtual Learning Environments providing it is appropriately acknowledged.
Teachers and lecturers are also allowed to integrate parts of the resource into traditional teaching materials such as reading lists and other handouts. It also means staff and students can ‘cut and paste’ from a range of resources into a single teaching resource or course assignment, as long as appropriate acknowledgment is made for each item (and the Licence for each resource contains the relevant terms and conditions).
Staff may reproduce extracts in a format that aids accessibility, for example Braille.
Any provision of course materials online must be through a secure network. You will need to check the licence agreement because in some cases it is necessary to delete electronic copies of teaching materials at the end of the licence period.
Students can cut and paste parts of the resource in printed or electronic form in projects, assignments, portfolios and in dissertations. Students are also permitted to make a copy of their assignments for their private use and library deposit. Students must include the details of the source, title listing and copyright owner in their coursework, assignments, portfolios, theses, etc.
Staff and students can search and look at their results on screen to support their study and research. They may also:
Note: When ‘cutting and pasting’ extracts from the resource, any form of acknowledgment associated with the item must be included (e.g. copyright caption with an image).
All of these restrictions continue after the end of the licence agreement.
When an institution signs an EIFL negotiated Licence it agrees to:
A breach of a Licence is a serious matter and can be grounds for termination of the agreement. This places the rights of other users in jeopardy.
EIFL negotiates to secure access after the expiry of an EIFL’s negotiated Licence. The EIFL's Model Licences include an obligation on the Publisher to provide the Institution (that has signed an EIFL negotiated Licence) with an archive of the full text of the resource, without further charge.
Perpetual access to the full text will be provided by the publisher either by continuing online access via the Publisher’s server or by supplying the electronic files to each subscribing Institution in an electronic medium mutually agreed between the parties. Institutions can network the archive within their institution at their own cost. Continuing archival access and use is subject to the terms and conditions of the expired Licence.
Sometimes EIFL’s negotiated licence will differ from the EIFL Model Licences. It is important to check each Licence that you sign, especially the permitted uses, restrictions and perpetual access provisions.
This guide should be used for information purposes only. It does not provide legal advice. Always check the relevant section of the institution licence that your institution has signed before you provide access or allow use of a resource and in doubt, please seek legal advice.