ARROW will provide identification services for Wellcome Library digitisation project
The digitisation project includes 1700 books published between 1850 and 1990 from 53 different countries and since the majority of the titles are in copyright and often out of print, identifying and tracing rightholders to seek permission to use this content, the ARROW system will be used with the aim of assisting in such task.
The Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) and the Publishers Licensing Society (PLS), both ARROW related organisations, have entered into a collaborative arrangement with the Wellcome Library to provide a 'rights identification service' by using ARROW. The system will deploy their respective works databases and networks of international rightholders to provide a rights owner identification search and contact service for the authors and publishers of the books that are still in copyright.
The Wellcome Library project represents the first major test for ARROW and will also help to better define the processes involved in performing 'due diligence' searches for rightholders.
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