May 3, 2016

US-based Copyright Clearance Center buys the UK’s Ixxus

Behind the scenes of the contemporary publishing industry, you frequently run into Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) and Ixxus. Dependable sponsors of industry events, you find their logos glowing and their staffers speaking at conferences, in trade show events, in symposia.

And now, as it turns out, you’re looking at the same entity. CCC has bought Ixxus for an undisclosed amount.

This is the union of two well-liked but often baffling service entities in publishing. Industry players at surprisingly high levels will sometimes pull aside a journalist at a trade show event and whisper, “What is it that they do?” about either or both of these companies. They’re not books-on-shelves companies, not e-reader plastics manufacturers, and not given to hand-selling new releases in bookshops. But they’re seemingly everywhere. A bit like excellent stage lighting, when their work is done correctly, it disappears.

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