Drafting Big Data Licensing Agreements: Maximizing Rights to Data While Balancing Access, Use and Ownership

IP, Privacy and Contractual Considerations for Licensors and Licensees

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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This CLE webinar will provide guidance to corporate and technology counsel for drafting and negotiating big data licenses. The panelist will discuss key provisions in licensing agreements and best practices to minimize IP, privacy, contract and other liability risks when obtaining and using consumer data to advance business interests.


Companies are increasingly exploiting the massive amount of consumer information available from social networking sites, browser trails and surveillance trackers, collectively referred to as “big data,” to generate revenue. However, when big data is obtained or used inappropriately, businesses run the risk of violating IP, contract, privacy and other federal and state laws.

Carefully negotiated licensing agreements specific to big data are critical to maximizing the right to use, access and manipulate big data while minimizing liability exposure. Traditional licenses are often ineffective in addressing the unique issues big data presents, such as the de-identification and re-identification of data.

Big data licensing agreements should include provisions addressing ownership rights, IP protections, privacy, confidentiality, exclusivity, indemnification, limitation of liability, royalty fees and more. By understanding the critical clauses to include in big data licenses—and the common pitfalls—counsel can effectively draft and negotiate agreements in their clients’ best interests.

Listen as our authoritative panelist discusses the advantages of and differences between big data licenses and traditional licensing agreements, key provisions in big data licenses, and best practices for drafting and negotiating licensing agreements.



  1. Big data licenses vs. traditional licenses
  2. Legal risks in big data licensing
  3. Key provisions in big data licensing agreement provisions
  4. Best practices for license negotiation and drafting


The panelist will review these and other key issues:

  • What is “big data” and what are the key sources and uses for businesses?
  • What legal risks arise for companies in obtaining and using big data for revenue generation?
  • What provisions are critical in big data licensing agreements to maximize rights to big data and minimize legal risks?


Tantleff, Aaron K.
Aaron K. Tantleff

Foley & Lardner

Mr. Tantleff focuses on providing legal and strategic guidance regarding information technology, outsourcing,...  |  Read More

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