Copyright Clearance Center and Online Business Applications Team to Create Simple Content Licensing Capability for Healthcare Companies
Copyright Clearance Center

Copyright Clearance Center and Online Business Applications Team to Create Simple Content Licensing Capability for Healthcare Companies

DANVERS, Mass., March 5, 2008—Users of a widely used medical information software package from Online Business Applications are now able to license published content from medical journals, books and other content sources with ease through Copyright Clearance Center.

The two companies have integrated CCC's licensing services into Online Business Applications' core Information Request Management System (IRMS) product. Now, IRMS users can quickly check prices and obtain permissions from publishers to distribute content to physicians.

IRMS is used at more than 60 pharmaceutical and biotech companies in North America and Europe. Its document management and customer support services help content managers respond quickly to doctors seeking articles and documentation on medications and treatment options.

"Managing copyright permissions can be time consuming for IRMS users," said Dennis Oles, President, Online Business Applications. "It requires compiling lists of works that have been distributed, searching for pricing information and recording content usage data. But this integrated licensing capability automates rights management and reporting, easing a major administrative task for our customers."

Online Business Applications is the latest company to join CCC's Rightsconnect® program, which makes is easy for publishers, content aggregators and other distributors to link online articles, chapters, abstracts and other content directly to CCC's permission services. Rightsconnect partners include Elsevier, Xerox, SirsiDynix, ExLibris and HighWire Press.

"IRMS provides an important role in helping companies respond to information requests from physicians and other healthcare professionals," said Bill Burger, CCC's Vice President of Marketing. "We're delighted that we can help facilitate that important exchange of information by making it easier to get copyright permission."

About Copyright Clearance Center
Copyright Clearance Center, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, creates innovative licensing solutions for the seamless sharing of knowledge. CCC's licensing services, combined with its Web-based applications and tools, allow tens of millions of people in corporations, universities, law firms and government agencies to 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 visit

About Online Business Applications
Online Business Applications was founded in 1983 to serve the unique software and solution needs of the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. With a dedication to customer service, and in conjunction with multiple medical information groups, Online developed the Information Request Management System (IRMS). Today, Online Business Applications has long term relationships with many of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. For more information visit

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