Auditing & Legal Counsel
From Analysis to Data Room preparation and organisational advise in managing your rights
Publishers licensing their content to third parties such as Abstracting & Indexing (A&I) databases or full text content aggregators receive royalty payments on a regular basis. When was the last time you analysed the agreed commercial conditions of the license? An audit could be lucrative, either directly or in preparation for a renewal. Allrightsonline.com audits 3rd parties and will report back on any irregularities based on their year long experience and know-how. This includes reporting on multisite, global and consortial agreements.
AllrightsOnline is experienced in creating analytical reports. These reports analyse the risks of cannibalisation by 3rd party sales, illegal sales, leads for direct sales, leads for renewals and attractive discount schemes (for e.g. consortia and e- & reprint sales) helping you to be a solid partner in the market.
- Intellectual Property is a key ingredient of the data room in a Merger & Acquisition Process. Allrightsonline.com are able to examine agreements, contracts and other IP related documents with a quick turnaround time with the help of newly developed software, thus making it possible for private equity partners, or other stakeholders to make up their mind as to any bidding and balancing the future risks of any of the agreements in the data room… We execute this activity through a mix of this new software, their legal knowledge (contracts and legislation) and involvement in prior M&A activity.
- Publishers receive data from document delivery organisations and 3rd party distributors with valuable data on actual usage of their publications. Allrightsonline.com offers comprehensive reports which analyse the usage of individual (e-)journal titles and (e-)books. Analysis of proper document delivery reports and reports of other 3rd party vendors may give better insight about cannibalisation of publishers’ deals with institutions and corporations such as (re)-print and e-print business, on usage of publications creating leads for direct sales, subscriptions or consortia and multi-site deals. In addition the usage reporting of organisations such as the CCC or Reprints Desk provide valuable raw data that can be analysed for input into publishing programmes input. Allrightsonline.com has that reporting capability.
- Publishers work with many distributors and agents all over the globe, and in particular in emerging markets. Allrightsonline.com offers opportunities to audit and examine these agents/distributors and verify the local deals made and discounts given in those markets which sometimes seem difficult to understand.
Berendina van Straalen is experienced in collecting and analyzing information on Intellectual Property for data rooms where it concerns mergers, take-overs and buy-outs. She has an eye for detail where it concerns primary and related ancillary rights and the effect of these rights on current and future business.
She prepared the documentation for the Google settlement case and negotiated intermediary solutions for the publishing industry to minimize the effect of unfair competition.
She did a thorough analysis on collaboration with third party vendors from retail to complex Aggregated Database vendors, with a focus on possible cannibalisation of direct sales by the publisher.
Chris Kluiters has experience on both sides of the ‘auditing’ table. He managed the auditing of several 3rd party licensing agreements and he participated in several auditing exercises (e.g. sales contracts with agents). He was the RELX Embase Sarbanes-Oxley responsible manager for several years. As former Managing Director of RELX Bibliographic Databases Group he was responsible for the IP data streams such as those going into SCOPUS and the Metadata of Elsevier’s Journal Programme.