Any librarian who tries to find copyright information about a book knows how hard it is to get to the owner of copyrighted material.
OCLC decided to simplify the process by introducing WorldCat Copyright Evidence Registry, a database based on WorldCat (100 million bibliographic records) with copyright information contributed from libraries, organizations and users.
The WorldCat Copyright Evidence Registry (CER) is a community of people, libraries, and other organizations working together to discover and share information about the copyright status of books…You can search the Copyright Evidence Registry to find information about a book, learn what others have said about its copyright status, and share what you know.
The registry is open to the public to search copyright information. If anyone wants to contribute, they need to have WorldCat Account, be an OCLC cataloging
member with Connexion® account or have Copyright Evidence Registry subscription.
If you try and like the service, feel free to give OCLC a feedback, since the WorldCat Copyright Evidence Registry is only a pilot project.
Via: Information Today News Breaks