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March 9, 2009 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Attributor and Creative Commons Launch FairShare Service

Attributor Corp. (, a content monitoring and monetization company, announced a collaboration with Creative Commons ( to launch FairShare, a free service allowing bloggers and individual content creators to understand how their work is shared across the web. FairShare allows anyone creating text content to submit an RSS feed of his or her work and choose a Creative Commons license to determine how it can be shared. Users then receive license-specific results via RSS with detailed insights into how and where their work is reused.

The FairShare service enters public beta supporting six Creative Commons licenses. Creative Commons is a not-for-profit organization, founded in 2001, that promotes the creative reuse of intellectual and artistic works, whether owned or in the public domain. The FairShare service will be integrated with the Creative Commons license selection process and will be available in each of the 12 languages that FairShare currently supports.

FairShare leverages Attributor’s proprietary tracking index of more than 35 billion webpages that automatically finds reuse of as little as a few sentences. For the first time, individual bloggers and content creators will have the same visibility in the uptake of their work as large publishers. To keep it free, Attributor has placed some limits on the amount of content users can add. If users run into these limits, Attributor offers a subscription service.

For more information or to sign up for the free public beta of FairShare, visit

Source: Attributor Corp.

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