The Copyright Hub was officially launched at an event in London last week. Intellectual Property Minister, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, became the first public user of the hub.
The Copyright Hub is a web platform, developed and supported by the Digital Catapult, which is designed to make it as simple as possible for people to track down and license content over the web.
The Copyright Hub can be accessed by downloading a plug-in to your web browser. If you right-click on an image on the web, and it's an image that The Copyright Hub knows about, you’ll be instantly connected to the copyright owner.
The Copyright Hub also gives copyright owners an opportunity to control how their content is used by others. This is done by allowing copyright owners to select options for licensing content (e.g. no licence, licence for a fee or licence for an acknowledgement only).
By simplifying and reducing the costs associated with licensing, The Copyright Hub should lead to more content licensing and, as a result, higher revenue for copyright owners.
The Copyright Hub will continue to evolve over the coming months, with nearly 100 Hub Applications planned. Hub Applications are proposals by individuals and organisations on ways to use The Copyright Hub's technology. There are 10 Hub Applications under active development, including the Mary Evans picture library and Pixelrights' image protection.
The Copyright Hub is open source and is designed for easy use by anyone, anywhere, at no cost.
The creation of a digital licensing platform, such as The Copyright Hub, was a key recommendation of the Hargreaves Review in 2011.
The Copyright Hub's press release is available at www.copyrighthub.co.uk/Documents/Hub-Launch-Press-Release-300715.pdf.
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