Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) Law and Legal Definition

Copyright Clearance Center (“CCC”) is a nonprofit organization based in Danvers, Massachusetts. It was formed in 1977 by authors and publishers to sell copies of copyrighted material. It provides collective copyright licensing services for corporate and academic users of copyrighted materials.

Thousands of corporations, law firms, universities, bookstores, and other companies use the services of CCC. CCC procures agreements with copyright holders, primarily text publishers and authors, both for print and online, and acts as agent for them.

Operations of CCC allow the contributing companies to anonymously purchase copyright royalties to aid their research. CCC also works with other thought leaders, government agencies and policy makers to streamline copyright licensing across the globe.

CCC is a member of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organization and through this membership it is involved in international copyright reproduction.