Copyright Clearance Center Announces Annual Copyright License for Academia
Copyright Clearance Center

Copyright Clearance Center Announces Annual Copyright License for Academia

Easy-to-Use Service Provides Pre-Approved Copyright Permissions

DANVERS, Mass., June 22, 2007—Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. (CCC), the world's largest provider of text-licensing solutions, today announced the launch of the Annual Copyright License for academic institutions, a single license that provides faculty and staff with convenient, pre-approved permissions to use content in course management systems, paper and electronic coursepacks, electronic library reserves, research collaboration and more.

Developed in cooperation with several colleges and universities, including charter program member Middlebury College, the Annual Copyright License provides comprehensive, "check-and-go" permission to use content from books, scholarly journals, news and trade magazines and newspapers. Nearly 200 publishers-including Springer, Sage Publications, Nature Publishing, John Wiley & Sons, The New York Times and Princeton University Press-have signed on to the new program and more publishers are joining each week. The license covers single- and multi-campus institutions, including international campuses of U.S.-based colleges and universities.

By pre-approving the use of content, the Annual Copyright License saves library staff valuable time and reduces the costs associated with tracking and managing high volumes of individual copyright permission requests.

Benefits of the license include:

  • Improved operational efficiencies, reduced time and administrative costs associated with searching for, obtaining and reconciling copyright permissions on a pay-per-use basis
  • Uniform set of pre-approved usage rights for paper and electronic coursepacks, course management system postings, classroom handouts, electronic library reserves, research collaboration, and administrative and faculty communication
  • Broadened awareness of intellectual property on campus

"We were happy to be a charter member of the new Annual Copyright License with CCC during the past year and a half," said Jeffrey R. Rehbach, Policy Advisor for Library & Information Services, Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT), one of the country's leading liberal arts colleges. "We appreciate its institution-wide coverage, which simplifies the use of content in electronic or hard copy format by our faculty and staff. The Annual Copyright License for academic institutions will provide convenient coverage for coursepack creation, e-reserves and course management system postings, making it easier to use content while respecting copyright."

CCC's new program builds on the company's vast experience in providing text licensing solutions to businesses and academic institutions. More than 1,000 colleges and universities across the U.S. make use of CCC's licensing services.

"The Annual Copyright License balances the needs of academic institutions and publishers," said Kim Zwollo, Global Director, Special Licensing & Rights, at Springer, one of the leading publishers of journals in the science, technology, and medicine (STM) sector and the largest publisher of STM books. "CCC's approach is effective and intelligent. It brings great efficiencies to content licensing, simplifying and speeding up the process. In so doing, the license will promote more widespread licensing of content on campus. In addition, the license gives publishers the assurance that their content is being used properly."

"We believe this license addresses a real need for America's colleges and universities," said Tracey Armstrong, President and Chief Executive Officer of CCC. "It offers a new, efficient approach to text licensing on campus that reduces complexities while making it easier for librarians and staff to manage their permissions programs. We worked very closely with the academic community as well as the publishing community to create this license and we are very encouraged by the initial response it has received."

About Copyright Clearance Center
Copyright Clearance Center is the world’s largest provider of text licensing services. These services, combined with CCC’s Web-based applications and tools, allow tens of millions of people in corporations, universities, law firms and government agencies to lawfully use and share published information with ease. Since its founding as a not-for-profit company in 1978, CCC has created and expanded the markets and systems that facilitate content reuse and the distribution of royalties to publishers and authors around the world. By offering rights to millions of the world’s most sought-after publications, the company plays a major role in the global knowledge economy and encourages support for the principles of copyright. For more information please visit

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