Blackwell Publishing Streamlines Copyright Permissions with RightsLink
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Blackwell Publishing Streamlines Copyright Permissions with RightsLink

Copyright Clearance Center's Online Solution Helps Blackwell Address Growth in Permission Requests

DANVERS, Mass., May 31, 2006—Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), the world's premier provider of copyright licensing and compliance solutions, today announced that Blackwell Publishing has selected RightsLink® as its automated, online permissions licensing solution. Blackwell Publishing, the world's leading society publisher which publishes more than 800 scholarly journals and has more than 6,000 books in print, is using RightsLink to instantly license customer requests to reuse content from its journals.

The global publisher processes more than 2,000 permission requests per month, a volume that has grown at an annual rate of between 5 and 10 percent.

“We have used CCC for permissions licensing for years, so it was a natural step to adopt RightsLink as well,” said Karen Gibson, Associate Rights Director, Blackwell Publishing. “It is a highly intuitive solution that makes it easy for customers anywhere in the world to request permission to re-use material from Blackwell's journals. By dealing with routine permissions requests, RightsLink has enabled our staff to focus on more complex customer needs. We view RightsLink as a major component of our overall customer service strategy.”

RightsLink enables Blackwell customers to secure permissions for digital content directly from their online platform, The Web-based solution has reduced Blackwell's administrative burden, while helping to improve turnaround times.

“RightsLink's flexible and customizable interface has enabled Blackwell to implement the service to reflect its unique workflow and business models,” said Michael Joyce, RightsLink Business Manager, CCC. “RightsLink is the ideal solution for Blackwell, which seeks to offer improved customer service and to have its publications used as widely as possible.”

About Blackwell Publishing

Blackwell Publishing is the world's leading society publisher, partnering with 665 academic, medical, and professional societies. Blackwell publishes over 800 journals and has over 6,000 books in print. The company remains independent with over 925 staff members in offices in the US, UK, Australia, Singapore, China, Denmark, Germany, and Japan. Blackwell's mission as an expert publisher is to create long-term partnerships with our clients that enhance learning, disseminate research, and improve the quality of professional practice. For more information on Blackwell Publishing, please visit or

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Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), a not-for-profit organization, is the world's largest licensing agent for text reproduction rights and provider of licensing services for reproducing copyrighted materials in print and electronic formats. CCC manages rights for thousands of publishers and hundreds of thousands of authors and other creators, either directly or through their representatives. CCC-licensed customers in the U.S. number over 10,000 corporations and subsidiaries (including nearly all of the Fortune 100), as well as thousands of government agencies, law firms, document suppliers, libraries, academic institutions, copy shops and bookstores. Copyright Clearance Center is at

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