Sunday, April 20, 2014

Copyright Clearance Center

     One of week fourteen's readings, "E-Books and the Digital Future" by Ted Striphas, discusses the creation of the Copyright Clearance Center in the late 1970s. The CCC was created by publishers in 1978, after the implementation of the 1976 U.S. Copyright Act, to ensure that copyright holders received royalties from re-prints and photocopies (36-37). Wanting to know a little bit more about the CCC, I visited its Web page, which can be accessed here. In fiscal year 2013, it returned $188.7 million in royalties to rightsholders. To view the 2013 financial report, please click here.
     However, the CCC has moved beyond traditional print materials. According to this article by Judith Rosen, "By the end of 2008, its 30th anniversary year, CCC was managing more than 300 million rights, not just for traditional print media like books and journal articles, but for e-books, blogs, Web sites and small snippets of content."
     The CCC Web site offers a search tool to check to see if it manages a copyrighted work. Using this interface, I searched for the blog Hyperbole-and-a-Half in the title field. No results were found.

"Copyright Clearance Center Annual Report 2013." Copyright Clearance Center, 2013. Web. 20 April 2014. 

Rosen, Judith. "Copyright Clearance Center Piles Up the Numbers." Publishers Weekly 256.20 (18 May 2009). Web. ProQuest. 20 April 2014.

Striphas, Ted. "E-Books and the Digital Future." The Late Age of Print: Everyday Book Culture from Consumerism to Control. New York: Columbia UP,  2009. 20-46. Print.

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