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What's New With Copyright Clearance Center
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Posted On June 29, 2021
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) has been busy. In addition to updating workflow solutions such as Marketplace, CCC has implemented a rebranding of the company, complete with a new logo and website redesign. Founded 43 years ago, CCC has grown considerably beyond its original focus. A CCC spokesperson explains, “Managing millions of rights on behalf of tens of thousands of rightsholders across dozens of services requires advanced and scalable technology and strategic data management expertise. CCC has been doing this for years. Our roots are in collective licensing, and that remains the foundation of our business. Over time, we’ve added software, content, and professional services to our portfolio to help organizations integrate, access, and share information. The new CCC branding reflects who CCC is today: advancing copyright, accelerating knowledge, and powering innovation.” Check out the rebranding video here.

CCC is also consolidating its services on Marketplace. Following what Benjamin Franklin said—“A place for everything, everything in its place”—CCC’s Marketplace interface, updated in June 2021, adds advanced workflows and features. According to the company, Marketplace is a “comprehensive, next-generation ecommerce site that serves as the online hub for the purchase of rights from a select group of CCC’s Pay-Per-Use licensing services, including rights for republication, for reporting ILL borrowing, commercial document delivery, and photocopying for library reserves.” On the platform, users can search for and obtain permissions on publications from thousands of publishers, as well as request article reprints.

Moving to Marketplace

CCC plans to migrate all transactional permissions services to Marketplace. CCC’s original site, copyright.com, will still be available for customers to access their accounts for a short period of time and to access specific services, including processing pending orders, moving previous orders to Marketplace, and accessing historical orders. Academic users will be able to cancel any orders in progress and subsequently move them to Marketplace to use the same content in new courses. Copyright.com will be retained primarily as an educational and marketing site.

According to a CCC spokesperson, moving all academic and corporate pay-per-use services to Marketplace leverages “its shared capabilities, including a robust pricing engine, workflow tools, and article/chapter search results (article/chapter pricing is determined by the parent journal or book), [which] will help give publishers more control in aligning permissions, content offers, and pricing across channels—all of which can help grow royalty payments.”

The spokesperson continues, “Academic customers familiar with the workflow on Copyright.com will experience a more intuitive interface with Marketplace, enabling them to quickly select their intended content use, benefit from article- and/or chapter-level search, employ a new project-based template to incorporate multiple types of items with different permissions under a project, such as a coursepack, and experience an improved communication channel with publishers for special requests.”

Since institutions and funders have certain rules related to the allowed publication charges, users may now specify these when processing an order. OA materials are also addressed, including the addition of a touch-free workflow for transformative agreements, transformative agreement management tools, and publication charge management. Three easy-to-use guides are available to help users successfully navigate the platform. In addition, more enhancements have been introduced to CCC’s Publisher Portal, providing publishers with a single destination for special requests.

The Certificate Course

CCC has created the Copyright Essentials for K-12 online certificate course “in response to the overwhelming demand from K-12 educators, curriculum developers, and administrators across the country for clear and concise information on copyright and content sharing, especially in the past year and a half where instruction shifted rapidly from in-person to remote learning,” says Roy Kaufman, CCC’s managing director for business development and government relations. “It also helps those that serve the K-12 community, such as EdTech, curriculum development and custom publishing companies that understand the copyright implications of incorporating high-quality, published content into their applications and products.”

The course addresses those areas of copyright that relate to CCC’s June 9 town hall, The Future of Collective Licensing—Copyright in the Digital Marketplace. Speakers included R. Bruce Rich, Mark Seeley, and Lois F. Wasoff, who co-wrote the free ebook, Creating Solutions Together: Lessons to Inform the Future of Collective Licensing.

CCC is always working hard to provide easy-to-find and easy-to-use copyright compliance tools for its customers, as illustrated by its most recent initiatives.


Corilee Christou is president of C2 Consulting, a firm that specializes in leveraging and licensing digital content of all types to traditional and internet-based companies using new and innovative business models.

Email Corilee Christou

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