January 22, 2022

California Digital Library (CDL) Releases Revised/Upgraded Version of Model License

From the California Digital Library:

CDL is pleased to announce the major upgrade of its Standard License Agreement (“Model License”).

The new version reflects current best practices in licensing and incorporates feedback from UC librarians, licensing staff, attorneys, peers, and CDL colleagues. We appreciate all of their contributions, and hope that the new Model License is helpful in negotiating effectively with licensors.


We incorporated helpful terms from these existing model licenses, and solicited additional suggestions from colleagues based on their expertise, such as authentication, usage statistics, acquisition, cataloging, business negotiation, and library user services.

The new Model License includes many updated sections to support UC researchers and authors’ needs. For example, the Text and Data Mining (TDM) section clarifies that authorized users may not only engage in text and/or data mining activities for academic research purposes but also share the results with others so long as the purpose is not to create a product for use by third parties that would substitute for the licensed materials.


The Author Rights section has also been enhanced, indicating that UC authors retain the right to use their own work for scholarly purposes, including self-archiving or depositing it in open repositories or archives, and to comply with all grant or institutional requirements. It also demonstrates our intention to collaborate with licensors in implementing procedures for licensors to deposit licensed content authored by UC faculty and researchers into eScholarship, UC’s shared institutional repository, or to make it available for us to harvest. CDL’s Access & Publishing department provided guidance on this section, and we appreciate their input.

The Open Access (OA) section asks Licensors to report the number of works (such as articles) published under the OA option and the number and list of such works by title by UC authors, and states that Licensors are expected to proportionally reduce the subscription price if the ratio of the number of OA articles to the number of licensed articles increases in comparison to the previous year.

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Direct to Full Text of Model License Document

Two Versions are available:

1. Public Version (.RTF)

2. Password Protected Version for UC Staff


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