Marketing Language Resources (LRs) and creating an equitable and balanced framework is not easy. One of the ELRA’s jobs is therefore to simplify the relationship between producers/providers and users of LRs. To do this, it has developed generic contracts.

With the exception of commercial publishing ventures, the core business of most LR providers is not LR production, collection and/or validation. In practice, most of them develop or acquire resources for their own internal needs. In order to encourage them to make such data available to others, ELRA has drafted generic contracts defining the responsibilities and obligations of both parties.

To minimize variations in agreements and to keep things simple, these contracts are based on the following model:

This model takes the interest of both parties (producers and users), into account, in keeping with ELRA’s role as a neutral, non-profit organisation, dedicated to promoting the language engineering field in Europe.

Contracts will be drawn up between ELRA and the resource provider and/or ELRA and the resource user (either a VAR, Value Added Reseller, or End-user). In this context, it is important to note that ELRA assumes that all resource providers/owners have the appropriate rights to the material they are offering. The generic contracts should be regarded as guidelines for drafting specific agreements. They are based both on legal principles, on common sense and market conditions, and are easy to understand, to implement, and to apply. As a result, they may well evolve in the light of feedback from our members, customers and resources providers.