Information Today
Volume 17, Issue 8 • September 2000
iCopyright Provides Online Content-Clearance Service to

iCopyright, Inc. has announced that American City Business Journals, Inc. (ACBJ) is offering e-mail and Web reprint permissions for its site using’s Instant Clearance Service. Customers can now purchase rights to use the online content of any of American City’s 41 business journals (, including The Boston Business Journal, The San Jose Business Journal, and The Puget Sound Business Journal.

 “American City has been an icon in the business publications industry for years,” said Bill Burger, vice president of content services at iCopyright. “With more than 300,000 articles in its archive and 1,500 new articles published each week, it is an important addition to our list of publishers who are using iCopyright to create new avenues of distribution, to enhance their brand, and to protect their valuable intellectual property.”

Clearances can be initiated by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the desired business journal article. Instant content-clearance delivery options for requested online content include e-mail and Web reprints. Content is then custom formatted and delivered to the desktop in minutes, thus eliminating the traditional, tedious, manual process while still maintaining the integrity of the publication’s look and feel.

 “With a majority of our reprint requests stemming from within the business community, where time is valued, our partnership with iCopyright affords us the opportunity to provide our readers with instant content clearances,” said Tim Bradbury, executive vice president of product and business development for “And with iCopyright’s Instant Clearance Service automating the online reuse permissions-request process, we are provided with an effective way to add value to our customers while enabling us to monetize our content.”

The site was launched in June 1996 under the name “” and currently represents approximately 40 percent of the content and stories found in the 41 weekly ACBJ papers. The site is organized in 41 market-specific sites and offers readers the ability to stay within their market of interest while providing the opportunity to scan multiple cities within a cohesive and consistent organizational format. is a wholly owned subsidiary of American City Business Journals.

iCopyright, a privately held company based in Renton, Washington, is creating the global Internet marketplace for content services, according to the announcement. iCopyright is working with leading publishers and content distributors, including the Los Angeles Times, Ziff Davis Media, CMP Media, and COMTEX News Network.

Source: iCopyright, Inc., Renton, WA, 425/430-4555;

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