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Knight Ridder Goes Live with Copyright Clearance Center's Rightslink as Its Digital Rights Management Solution.

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DANVERS, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 13, 2002

Customers Can Get Instant Rights to Reproduce Articles from More

Than 30 Online Publications, Including The Miami Herald,

The Philadelphia Inquirer and The San Jose Mercury News

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), the world's largest licensing agent for text reproduction rights, and Knight Ridder Digital, the operator of the Real Cities network of local media Web sites, today announced that Rightslink has gone live on more than 30 of Knight Ridder's online publications. Rightslink, CCC's popular digital rights management solution, enables publishers to license the use of their copyrighted content, 24/7, directly from their Web sites.

The participating Knight Ridder publications include well-known newspapers such as The Miami Herald (www.miami.com), the Philadelphia Inquirer (www.philly.com) and The San Jose Mercury News (www.bayarea.com).

"The addition of Knight Ridder, the second-largest newspaper publisher in the U.S., boosts Rightslink's growing momentum and affirms our leadership in online, point-of-content licensing services," said Bob Weiner, CCC's vice president, sales and rightsholder relations. "Rightslink is a great tool for publishers and users alike because it makes the permissioning and payment process simple and straightforward, increasing the likelihood of compliance."

Ken Doctor, vice president of content services with Knight Ridder Digital, said Rightslink is a key part of Knight Ridder's intent to establish the consumer and business value of its award-winning editorial content. "Rightslink makes it fast and easy for consumers to pay for unique, premium information at the point-of-content, which is the key to compliance," Doctor said. "Rightslink does the calculation and the transaction right on our Web sites, leaving the consumer free to resume browsing as soon as the transaction is completed. We chose Rightslink for its one-stop-shopping convenience."

Rightslink extends the value of Web content to consumers by licensing additional uses, such as republication in books, CD/DVDs, magazines, journals, newspapers and newsletters, as well as posting on Web sites. The service also helps publishers by providing real-time access to sales data, such as the content most popular with customers. By leveraging this information, publishers such as Knight Ridder can better serve the marketplace while effectively maximizing their return on assets.

About Copyright Clearance Center

Copyright Clearance Center, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, is the world's largest licensing agent for text reproduction rights and provider of many licensing services for reproducing copyrighted materials in print and electronic formats. The company was formed in 1978 to facilitate compliance with U.S. copyright law. CCC currently manages rights relating to over 1.75 million works and represents more than 9,600 publishers and hundreds of thousands of authors and other creators, directly or through their representatives. CCC-licensed customers in the U.S. number over 10,000 corporations and subsidiaries (including most of the Fortune 100 companies), as well as thousands of government agencies, law firms, document suppliers, libraries, academic institutions, copy shops and bookstores. CCC is a board member of the International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO) and has bilateral agreements with reproduction rights organizations in 14 countries worldwide, under which it repatriates fees for overseas use of U.S. works. CCC can be found on the World Wide Web at copyright.com.

About Knight Ridder Digital

Knight Ridder Digital, a leader in local information and classified services on the Web, helps consumers make the most of their local online experiences on the Internet. Knight Ridder Digital develops and manages the Internet properties of Knight Ridder, the nation's second-largest newspaper publisher. Knight Ridder Digital is the founder and operator of Real Cities, the largest national network of city and regional Web sites.

Copyright Clearance Center and the CCC logo are registered trademarks of Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. Rightslink is a trademark of Copyright Clearance Center, Inc.
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