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Collecting for Overseas Copies

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Collecting for Overseas Copies

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U.S. authors, publishers share $2.5 million

Copyright Clearance Center, the world's largest licenser of photocopy reproduction rights, says it has distributed to U.S. copyright holders $2.5 million for overseas photocopying of their U.S. works.

The funds were collected by overseas reproduction rights organizations and forwarded to the clearinghouse in Danvers. Mass. -- without identifying the works copied or their creators -- for distribution to U.S. authors, creators and publishers. Royalties are paid on the basis of identified overseas uses of U.S. copyrighted works. Some rights holders are slated to collect thousands of dollars.

The payments are the first of a series of distributions of foreign funds, says the copyright center, which distributes royalties to publishers and authors. This year it handed out $42 million, up from $35 million a year earlier.

"This new initiative puts previously undistributable foreign funds directly into the hands of more than 3,300 authors, as well as more than 1,600 publishers and several hundred other creators," says Joseph S. Alen, president and CEO of the not-for-profit center, which has a staff of 120.

Most of the payments are divided equally between authors. $35 minimum. and publishers. $100 minimum. Included among the creators receiving royalties are more than 1,000 academic and textbook authors.

Most foreign reproduction rights groups collect fees under national licensing statutes without knowing the names of authors or the works copied, only the nation of origin and class of works. …

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