Copyright Clearance Center and OCLC Deliver Integrated Copyright Permission Service
Copyright Clearance Center

At ALA 2004 Annual Conference: Copyright Clearance Center and OCLC Deliver Integrated Copyright Permission Service

Partnership Provides Librarians with Direct Access to Rights Licensing through FirstSearch and ILLiad

ORLANDO, Fla., June 28, 2004—Copyright Clearance Center, the world's premier provider of copyright licensing and compliance solutions, and OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc., a leading computer library service and research organization, today announced a strategic partnership to provide easy access to copyright licensing directly from two of OCLC's leading reference and resource-sharing services. Through Copyright Clearance Center's Copyright Integration Services, librarians and other users of OCLC FirstSearch and ILLiad can now check copyright fees and obtain permission to use text materials through a convenient link to Copyright Clearance Center's popular online licensing services. Through these integrated solutions, OCLC users will experience a streamlined permissions process when initiating an ILL transaction, saving them time and minimizing data entry errors.

"OCLC is pleased to be working with Copyright Clearance Center to provide our member libraries with convenient and efficient ways of checking copyright fees and obtaining copyright permission within our applications," said Phyllis B. Spies, vice president of OCLC Collection Management Services. "Our goal is to make the ILL process easier and more efficient for librarians and staff while supporting copyright compliance. By providing immediate access from FirstSearch and ILLiad to the largest rights database available in the world, we are improving the productivity of library staff and lowering the total cost of ILL."

Through a phased approach, the companies will deliver increasing levels of integration and functionality between and OCLC's FirstSearch and ILLiad. The benefits for users of both services include a faster permission request process with no toggling between windows, less re-keying of data and fewer errors.

  • Available today, the first phase of integration within FirstSearch, an online service that provides access to WorldCat and other reference databases, provides a link to Copyright Clearance Center's online permission services from the bibliographic records and ILL request work form within the application's Staff View. Future phases of integration are planned to be released over the next ten months and will utilize Copyright Clearance Center's Permissions Direct to allow bibliographic and user data from FirstSearch to be carried over to to further streamline the copyright permission process.
  • The initial integration with ILLiad, a leading ILL automation application, will be available later this year and will allow librarians to check copyright fees and obtain copyright permission within ILLiad without ever leaving the application. This tight integration between Copyright Clearance Center's rights database and ILLiad will be achieved through Copyright Clearance Center's Permissions Gateway. Pricing and permission requests will be initiated and displayed in ILLiad while they are processed through Copyright Clearance Center's rights database via the Internet.

"Our goal is to provide new and innovative ways to simplify the copyright permission process for librarians and other users of copyrighted materials," said Tracey Armstrong, vice president, transactional services at Copyright Clearance Center. "By integrating our unique rights database into OCLC's applications, we help improve reference services and the ILL process for librarians by putting the copyright permission function right where they need it."

Copyright Clearance Center's Copyright Integration Services enable content suppliers, aggregators, copyshops, document deliverers and high-volume users of its services to integrate rights licensing into their application workflow, thereby increasing user satisfaction and productivity. For more information about Copyright Clearance Center, please visit To learn more about Copyright Clearance Center's Copyright Integration Services, please call 978-646-2847 or send an email to

About OCLC

Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, OCLC Online Computer Library Center is a nonprofit organization that has provided computer-based cataloging, reference, resource sharing and preservation services to 50,000 libraries in 84 countries and territories. For more information, visit

About Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.

Copyright Clearance Center is the world's premier provider of copyright licensing and compliance solutions for the information content industry. We are a trusted intermediary between copyright holders and content users, facilitating the exchange of reuse rights and royalties through a wide range of licensing services. Copyright Clearance Center manages the rights to over 1.75 million works and represents more than 9,600 publishers and hundreds of thousands of authors and other creators. The company's streamlined, convenient compliance solutions enable more than 10,000 corporations and subsidiaries, including most of the Fortune 100, and thousands of government agencies, law firms, document suppliers, libraries, academic institutions, copy shops and bookstores to respect the rights of copyright holders and lawfully reuse the copyright-protected information they need to drive their business. Copyright Clearance Center was founded in 1978 and is headquartered in Danvers, Massachusetts. For more information, visit

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