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Copyright Clearance Center extends rights licensing database to leading vendors

Press Release: Ex Libris [November 17, 2003]

November 17, 2003—Danvers, Mass.—Copyright Clearance Center, the world's largest licensing agent of text reproduction rights, today announced it has provided direct access to its licensing services from applications created by Ex Libris and XanEdu. Through Copyright Clearance Center's Copyright Integration Services, Ex Libris, a leading supplier of software solutions for libraries and information centers, and XanEdu, a publisher of online and offline course materials for the higher education market, now provide a convenient way for their application users to lawfully reuse copyright protected materials. By extending its rights database to vendors that provide access to valuable content, Copyright Clearance Center increases the ease and likelihood of copyright compliance by providing new points of access at which application users can obtain the permission they need.

“Copyright Clearance Center has taken a big step forward by cleanly integrating its licensing services into the flow of finding, accessing and using information,” said Marc Strohlein, Vice President and Lead Analyst, Content Software Technology at Outsell Inc. “Through its Copyright Integration Services, the company will not only simplify the lives of researchers and other information users, but will also make it easier for content users to comply with copyright law.

”XanEdu has integrated Copyright Clearance Center's licensing services and transaction engine into its production system to streamline the way it secures permission to lawfully produce educational coursepacks. “During our peak season, we can process thousands of copyright licensing transactions in one week. We've seen a significant jump in productivity as a result of integrating our application with Copyright Clearance Center's rights database,” said David Prichard, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at XanEdu. “By enabling our employees to obtain permission within our internal systems, we've eliminated repetitive data entry, increased accuracy and improved our overall workflow.

”Ex Libris now provides an easy way to use Copyright Clearance Center's licensing services through its award-winning SFX link server that provides librarians with a connection to collections services where content users can quickly access and request permission for the content they wish to reproduce. “By providing a direct link to Copyright Clearance Center's rights database and transaction engine from SFX, our customers gain immediate access to copyright permissions where and when they need it,” said Jenny Walker, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development of the Ex Libris Information Services Division. “By putting rights licensing services at their fingertips, we help them obtain the permissions they need to reuse the content they want.”

“Copyright Clearance Center wants to put easy copyright licensing services everywhere users access content,” said Tracey Armstrong, Vice President, Transactional Services at Copyright Clearance Center. “Ex Libris and XanEdu are able to leverage our unparalleled rights database and provide their customers and system users with convenient access to the permissions they need.”

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. The services currently include:·

  • Permissions Gateway – a Web service consisting of application programming interfaces (APIs) that provide seamless integration between a software application and Copyright Clearance Center's rights database, and
  • Permissions Direct – a link from a software application or portal that connects to a specified area in Copyright Clearance Center's Web site using OpenURL standards.

Organizations can use either Permissions Gateway or Permissions Direct to integrate with Copyright Clearance Center's rights database, depending on their systems, processes and desired level of integration. These Copyright Integrations Services can be used to support a variety of end-user needs, such as interlibrary loans, library reserves and e-reserves, course management, coursepack management and document delivery.

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 Ex Libris

Ex Libris is a leading worldwide developer of high-performance applications for libraries, information centers, and researchers. A multinational company, Ex Libris has offices around the world. ALEPH, the Ex Libris integrated library solution, has been installed at over 800 sites in 50 countries. The Information Services Division (ISD) of Ex Libris, based in Boston, MA, is responsible for the MetaLib and SFX products. MetaLib, the information portal for library collections, and SFX, the context-sensitive linking solution for heterogeneous electronic resources in the scholarly information environment, have been purchased by more than 450 customers in 28 countries. DigiTool, a solution for constructing and managing digital collections, completes the Ex Libris product suite. For more information about Ex Libris, link to

About XanEdu

XanEdu, a part of ProQuest Education, is a unit of ProQuest Company (NYSE: PQE). It publishes online and offline course materials for the higher education market, helping faculty teach smarter and students learn smarter. XanEdu's content base is the largest commercial archive in the world. Through its parent, ProQuest Company, XanEdu has access to the archives of journals, periodicals, newspapers, books, dissertations, primary literature works, and academic collections. For more information about XanEdu, visit

About Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.

Copyright Clearance Center, 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. Founded in 1978, Copyright Clearance Center provides rights management for over 1.75 million works represented by more than 9,600 publishers and hundreds of thousands of authors and other creators, either directly or through their representatives. In addition, the company provides over 10,000 corporations and subsidiaries (including most of the Fortune 100), as well as thousands of government agencies, law firms, document suppliers, libraries, academic institutions, copy shops and bookstores, with comprehensive licensing services. Copyright Clearance Center can be found at

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Publication Year:2003
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:November 17, 2003
Publisher:Ex Libris
Place of Publication:Chicago, IL
Company: Ex Libris
Subject: Product announcements
Record Number:10624
Last Update:2024-03-26 16:56:52
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00