Service Licensing

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Abstract

Service marketplaces and service networks promote tradeable services on the Internet. With such business transactions the need for legal certainty and legal compliance arises. Two crucial aspects can be highlighted in this context: you need to know about what you are talking and under which jurisdiction a transaction is arranged. Both aspects are difficult to address in a machine-processable description for services. The subject matter–the what–is difficult to grasp: the service notion in USDL encompasses technical Web services to conventional business services. Furthermore, machine-processable legal attributes need to comply to the statutes of the respective country of the transaction in order to achieve enforceable legal expressions. Current models apply approaches which do not address the aforementioned aspects. We argue to overcome the difficulties by modeling legal description capabilities on the basis of the statutes. This chapter covers the modeling of licensing aspects according to two different jurisdictions. We use the copyright acts of Germany and the USA to illustrate the approach. The resulting model incorporates the terms of the statutes, for example, Work, which can be mapped to any licensable service artifact. Although certain notions such as Work have a common semantic understanding this approach requires a management of the different variants. Variants are discussed in Chapter 17.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Berkeley Center for Law & TechnologyUniversity of California, Berkeley, School of LawBerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.SAP Research KarlsruheVincenz-Priessnitz-Str. 1KarlsruheGermany

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