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July 23, 2012 — 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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iCopyright Granted U.S. Patent on Peer-Policing System announced that it has been granted a U.S. patent on its instant copyright licensing and verification system. The invention is unique because it enables people to instantly verify that someone using copyrighted material has the proper license to do so, and it enables others to obtain their own license to use the work directly from the copied work, not just the original. Without the invention, for example, it is difficult for a commercial enterprise to know if its employees have properly licensed works of authorship, which may subject them to significant liability. Additionally, people who receive copies of copyrighted works often want to make their own copies, but they would be doing so illegally without obtaining their own license.

“iCopyright was founded on the principle that people who wish to use copyrighted material for commercial purposes will do so legally, as long as it is quick and simple,” said Michael O’Donnell, founder and director of iCopyright. “We recognized that encryption mechanisms rarely work. Compliance with copyright laws and policies is better ensured by peer influence, not by locking content. For example, most professionals won’t risk their reputations or the reputations of their companies by improperly using someone else’s material, especially when it is easy for their customers to instantly know whether they have the rights to be using that material. Until this invention, it was virtually impossible to verify whether one who was copying and redistributing material had the rights to do so. It was also impossible to instantly obtain a license directly from the copied work. With this invention, iCopyright has made copyright more enforceable and more valuable in the 21st century,” he said.

iCopyright provides licensing and clearinghouse services for digital content worldwide. Since its founding in 1998, iCopyright has promoted and protected the proprietary rights of tens of millions of pieces of content for thousands of publishers and content creators. iCopyright also offers Discovery, a content monitoring and infringement detection service for publishers that locates copies of content posted on the internet and automates the recovery and remedy of infringed content, and Clip&Copy, a free press-monitoring service. 


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