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November 7, 2022

Clarivate Clarivate and OCLC Settle Lawsuit. Clarivate announced that it has signed a settlement agreement and release with OCLC. Clarivate continues to deny OCLCs allegations of wrong-doing and maintains that the issue lay between OCLC and its customers, who sought to co-create an efficient community platform for sharing of bibliographic records. Clarivate will not develop a record exchange system of MARC records that include records which OCLC has claimed are subject to its policy and contractual limitations. Clarivate will bear its own fees and costs. [Full Announcement].

OCLC OCLC and Clarivate settle lawsuit. OCLC announced that it successfully defended WorldCat to protect the collaborative service developed and maintained with and for libraries worldwide. Clarivate, Ex Libris, and ProQuest have ceased the development and marketing of the MetaDoor MARC record exchange system developed using records that are subject to the WorldCat Rights and Responsibilities Policy. Clarivate, Ex Libris, and ProQuest will promptly and permanently delete all MetaDoor work product that incorporated or was based on records subject to the Policy. [Full Announcement].

September 16, 2022

International Coalition of Library Consortia Strategies for Collaboration: Opportunities and Challenges to Build the Future We Need. The ICOLC Strategies for Open Collaboration in Library Consortia Task Force was initially formed to develop strategies for consortia and libraries to interact with vendors and the open source community to address pricing, standards/interoperability, and access challenges. We were charged with developing a report that would: Outline what libraries should do differently in their ongoing relationships with vendors and the open source community; Suggest alternatives to the typical library/vendor model, especially open source/community-owned efforts that address the needs outlined in the report; Articulate a broad vision for how these efforts tie together and provide a framework for libraries to support these projects. [Full Announcement].

June 29, 2022

Clarivate Clarivate statement on OCLC lawsuit (update). We would like to thank the many partners and librarians who appreciate our efforts to develop the MetaDoor platform. We will fully comply with the Temporary Restraining Order put in place by the court, although we continue to believe the lawsuit is without merit and we will vigorously defend our position. [Full Announcement].

June 27, 2022

OCLC A collective responsibility to protect the unparalleled value of WorldCat. Update: On June 27, 2022, a judge in the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio, ruled in favor of OCLC's request for a temporary restraining order. We're pleased that this ruling will at least temporarily stop Clarivate and the other defendants from engaging in the type of conduct outlined in the Court's Order. We will continue to work in the best interests of our member libraries and the community at large to vigorously protect the work and investments we've made in WorldCat for over 50 years. [Full Announcement].

June 17, 2022

Clarivate Clarivate statement on OCLC lawsuit. Clarivate is disappointed to report that the OCLC has filed a lawsuit against Clarivate PLC and subsidiaries, including Ex Libris, and ProQuest in connection with our development plans to create a free and open community peer-to-peer sharing platform for metadata created and owned by libraries. We believe the lawsuit is without merit and we will vigorously defend our position. [Full Announcement].

June 15, 2022

OCLC OCLC files suit against Clarivate and its subsidiaries, Clarivate Analytics, Ex Libris, and ProQuest. On June 13, 2022, OCLC filed suit against Clarivate PLC and its subsidiaries, Clarivate Analytics (US) LLP, Ex Libris, and ProQuest in the United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio. Claims in the suit include tortious interference with contracts and prospective business relationships and conspiracy to interfere with contracts and business relationships. We are seeking both temporary and permanent injunctions to stop Clarivate and its subsidiaries from wrongfully encouraging libraries to violate their agreements with OCLC by contributing collaboratively created records from WorldCat® to Clarivate's MetaDoor service. We are also asking the court to stop Clarivate and its subsidiaries from misappropriating records from WorldCat® to develop its MetaDoor service. [Full Announcement].

December 2, 2021

SPARC SPARC Statement on Completion of Clarivate-ProQuest Merger. Clarivate, a leading research analytics company, announced its successful acquisition of ProQuest, one of the largest content and library technology providers. The merger, which follows review by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), increases concerns over the negative impacts that continued consolidation across the research enterprise will have on the academic community. [Full Announcement].