Wednesday 06 July 2016

Licensing your Content

This course will be running again in 2017. Please contact Melissa Marshall for dates. For in-house enquiries (members only), please contact Amanda Whiting


Licensing content has rapidly become a key component of the academic publishing environment, but why is this needed and what are the practicalities? What are the key issues to be aware of and consider when negotiating a licence? This course will outline the development of licensing on various platforms including print and online (to include all mobile devices). It will cover current issues around open access and the use of Creative Commons licences, and demonstrate how it relates in reality to the growing range of licence arrangements that are now available for all content.


  • Copyright refresher
  • Overview of licensing structures and acquiring and exploiting rights
  • Ways to enter into licences
  • Types of licences and agreements whether direct with customers or through a third party
  • Key issues with aggregators/third party vendors
  • Entering into appropriate licences directly with the customer
  • ‘Must-have’ clauses for the publisher and why you need them
  • Clauses the customer wants to see and issues arising
  • Current issues and trends including new technologies, ebooks and open access
  • Current legal developments and protecting and enforcing your rights in the online environment

By the end of the course delegates will be able to

Fully understand the types of agreements used to license content and why certain clauses are included for the publisher and customer. They will also gain an understanding of current legal issues affecting online content and the implications for publishers.

Who should attend (Level 2)

Delegates should have a grasp of the copyright and legal framework (such as provided by the ALPSP Understanding Copyright course). Licensing your Content is aimed primarily at delegates working with licensing products to customers directly or via a third party. It will therefore be suitable across contracts, rights and licensing, sales, marketing and library liaison functions


Simon Stokes, Blake Morgan   Simon Stokes

Simon Stokes is a solicitor and partner with leading London and regional law firm Blake Morgan and heads their publishing practice. He has advised on publishing law for over 20 years. Simon is also the author of the highly regarded text Digital Copyright: Law & Practice (fourth edition 2014). The legal directory Legal 500 2013 commends Simon for his ‘expert erudition and commercial good sense’

Duncan Campbell, Wiley      Duncan Campbell

Duncan is Director, Journal Digital Licensing, with John Wiley & Sons’ Research division, where he is responsible for licensing and business development for Wiley’s academic journal and database content. He is also engaged in developing Wiley’s strategies and policies with regard to government affairs, open access and text and data mining, and represents Wiley on several industry boards and committees.

Delegate comments

Most informative and practical course I have attended via ALPSP. Lots of information thoroughly and professionally delivered.

Nicola Haden,Royal Society of Chemistry

“Very useful course and fantastic supplementary information.” J. Mortimer, Policy Press

This course will commence at 09:30 (registration, with tea/coffee, from 09:00) and end at approximately 17:00 
Members           £365.00 (+ VAT where applicable)  
Non Members   £530.00 (+VAT where applicable)
Venue: 41 Portland Place, London W1B 1QH, T: +44 (0)203 176 2177 (Map) 
Contact: Melissa Marshall  T: +44 (0)1622 871035 E:

How to book
Please note that you will need to log in to your account or register a new account to book a place on this training course. If you have any questions about this please email Melissa Marshall or any of the ALPSP team. 

Upcoming Dates for this event

  • Wed 06 Jul 2016
  • Wed 06 Jul 2016
  • 41 Portland Place, Academy of Social Sciences, London