Copyright Clearance Center Supports Infringement Suits Brought by 10 Publishers Against Massachusetts Copy Shops
DANVERS, Mass., Nov. 15, 2005—Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), the world’s premier provider of copyright licensing solutions, announced its support for two major lawsuits brought today by 10 leading publishers against copy shops serving colleges and universities in Boston and western Massachusetts. The suits are two of the largest, coordinated actions taken by publishers against alleged copyright violations.
“We applaud this effort to fight copyright infringement,” said Tracey Armstrong , Executive Vice President of CCC. “Copy shops that don’t pay for licenses give themselves an illegal and unfair advantage over shops that respect copyright. Non-compliance also hurts authors and publishers, and particularly jeopardizes the economic viability of smaller, university presses.”
Established in 1978, CCC collects royalties for the reuse of text materials and distributes the fees to rightsholders. More than 1,000 U.S. colleges and universities use CCC online licensing solutions to secure hundreds of thousands of permissions annually for coursepacks and classroom handouts, as well as online course content, interlibrary loans and library e-reserves. In addition, another 20 million employees of U.S. companies are covered by CCC licenses. CCC’s mission is to provide fast and convenient ways to get copyright permissions for content either in hard copy or digital form.
“College-area copy shops all over the country use CCC to comply with copyright law,” Armstrong said. “Our online services deliver permissions easily and quickly, and copy shops can then sell coursepacks knowing that the content has been copied under license. We hope today’s lawsuits not only reform the practices of these two copy shops, but also encourage other non-compliant shops to start complying.”
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