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Copyright Clearance Center Launches Online Educational Resource
[July 20, 2004]

Copyright Clearance Center Launches Online Educational Resource

DANVERS, Mass. --(Business Wire)-- July 20, 2004 -- Copyright Licensing and Compliance Solutions Provider Helps Organizations Educate Employees About Copyright Law

Copyright Clearance Center, the world's premier licensing agent for text reproduction rights, today launched a Web-based resource for business professionals called The Guide to Copyright Compliance. The interactive guide assists companies in implementing corporate best practices for achieving compliance with copyright law and also helps organizations educate employees on how to lawfully use the content required to do their jobs. The educational resource guide can be found at

"With increased sensitivity around corporate governance and the financial risk of copyright infringement, corporations are very concerned about their ability to comply with copyright law," said Tracey Armstrong, vice president, transactional services at Copyright Clearance Center. "We've created this free information resource to help companies put an effective copyright compliance policy in place and to help employees understand when and how to get the permission they need to use copyright-protected information."

The Guide to Copyright Compliance was developed specifically for business professionals who frequently use copyright-protected materials in their day-to-day activities, and provides helpful information about the legal issues related to photocopying, e-mailing and Web-posting text materials. The online resource was designed as an interactive reference tool to make it easy for employees to find the information and resources they need to reduce their company's risk of copyright infringement.

The educational resource includes:

-- A primer on copyright law as it applies to digital content, including definitions of the types and formats of digital materials protected;

-- An interactive quiz to enable visitors to "test their copyright knowledge";

-- An introduction to copyright law and explanation of concepts such as "fair use";

-- A guide on how to obtain permission to use copyrighted content;

-- An overview of best practices for creating and instituting a corporate copyright compliance policy.

"Copyright law is highly complex and there are generally few good resources available to help business professionals understand how to comply with it," said Frederick J. Krebs, president of the Association of Corporate Counsel. "This new educational tool from Copyright Clearance Center is a tremendous resource for any business looking for easily accessible information on how to use content lawfully and responsibly."

About Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.

Copyright Clearance Center is the world's premier provider of copyright licensing and compliance solutions for the information content industry. We are a trusted intermediary between copyright holders and content users, facilitating the exchange of reuse rights and royalties through a wide range of licensing services. Copyright Clearance Center manages the rights to over 1.75 million works and represents more than 9,600 publishers and hundreds of thousands of authors and other creators. The company's streamlined, convenient compliance solutions enable more than 10,000 corporations and subsidiaries, including most of the Fortune 100, and thousands of government agencies, law firms, document suppliers, libraries, academic institutions, copy shops and bookstores to respect the rights of copyright holders and lawfully reuse the copyright-protected information they need to drive their business. Founded in 1978, Copyright Clearance Center is headquartered in Danvers, Massachusetts. For more information, visit

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