As noted, you may go about licensing your copyright work
any way you like. It is a good idea to
record licensing agreements in a document signed by both you (the licensor) and the person to
whom you are granting the licence (the licensee). Try to be as specific as possible and give
thought to addressing factors such as:
the licence exclusive or non-exclusive?
the licence limited to certain territories in which the work is to be used / exploited. E.g. the
UK, North America, the World. Posting a work on the Internet means world rights.
the licence for a limited period of time?
it for a specific or one-off use (e.g. the use of a photograph on a certain page of a particular
brochure to be printed on or about a specified date; or the use of a photograph on a certain
Internet page) or is it for ongoing, unlimited use (e.g. for any promotional or other use which
the licensee may wish to employ)? Do you require notification of the various uses of the
it for a specific medium or mode of distribution, such as hardback/paperback, CD- ROM,
video, broadcast or e-version on the Internet?
there any restrictions on the way in which the copyright material may be used or
presented? For example, is it a condition that the licensee does not alter the copyright
material in any way?
the copyright material is to be used on the Internet, do you wish to restrict the quality of
reproduction posted on the Internet? (e.g. only a thumbnail or a limited number of pixels)
there any other restrictions on the use permitted under the licence?
you to charge a fee? If so, is it a flat fee or a fee calculated in some other way, such as a
per annum fee, a fee per hit on the Internet site or a per subscriber fee (for restricted
you require an indemnity / release from liability should someone sue you in relation to the
licensees use of your work?
what way do you wish for the licensee to acknowledge that the work is yours?
You may like to view the licences on offer at Creative
(www.creativecommons.org.uk) to gain a feel for terms which are often included in copyright
licences. Creative Commons is an initiative which helps authors to publish their work online while
letting others know exactly what they can and can't do with the work. Creative Commons aims to
provide a fast, easy and user-friendly way to deal with copyright. Creative Commons licences allow
authors to retain the copyright but allow people to copy and distribute the work provided the author
is given credit and only on the conditions specified by the author.
If you are licensing software, you should refer to the
Open Source Initiative at www.opensource.org
Information current as at 12 September 2005.