A unique collaboration between different parts of the global creative industry, under the umbrella of the Linked Content Coalition (LCC), has resulted in the creation of an innovative technical Framework to make it possible to manage and access online rights information seamlessly across all types of media and content, whether text, image, sound or audio-visual.

The LCC Framework includes the innovative Rights Reference Model (RRM) together with radical Best Practice Principles for using identifiers and communicating information about rights through supply chains. This marks a highly significant development that brings together for the first time licensing data models and languages for all kinds of content.

The release of the Framework marks the completion of the first stage of the LCC's work.  LCC also plans to use the Framework to create standards that will help enable the millions of individuals and small companies who now add content directly onto the Web every day to identify and manage their own rights much more effectively.

Following calls in October 2010 from Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission, for “Big Ideas for the Digital Agenda,” the European Publishers Council (EPC) initiated a unique collaboration between different parts of the global creative industries and created the Linked Content Coalition (LCC). The result is the publication today of an innovative technical Framework to make it possible to manage and access online rights information seamlessly across all types of media and content, whether text, image, sound or audiovisual.

The LCC Framework includes the innovative Rights Reference Model (RRM) together with radical Best Practice Principles for using identifiers and communicating information about rights through supply chains. This marks a highly significant development that brings together for the first time licensing data models and languages for all kinds of content.

Linked Content Coalition will Make Online Content more Accessible and User-friendly

This media industry-led technical project, that aims to create the basis for a universally recognisable way to communicate rights information for online content, is forging ahead. The objective is to create something that would achieve what the banking sector’s “IBAN” achieves. The IBAN allows transactions to take place between banks all over the world despite each bank having their own internal systems. The LCC work will enable a similar level of functionality for accessing, using and sharing all kinds of digital content whether that be text, music or film, for example.  Every sector has its own system for expressing and managing rights. LCC is doing the groundwork to make it possible to create that umbrella layer of communication over the whole content sector like the IBAN. ​

Progress of the technical work was presented at the project’s second plenary in Brussels last week and it is clear already that the LCC is on track to create a unique rights reference model for the entire content sector. Some of the draft technical papers can be viewed at: http://www.linkedcontentcoalition.org. The project, that will be subject to peer review and testing, is due for completion in January 2013.

An independent review conducted for the UK Government on copyright is published today that fully supports the Linked Content Coalition and urges the UK and other countries to get engaged and support it.

​The main recommendation of the report that follows on from the Hargreaves Report (the 2011 Government review that called for an overhaul of copyright laws) is the creation of a not-for-profit, industry- led Copyright Hub based in the UK. This would provide a link to the growing national and international network of private and public sector digital copyright exchanges, rights registries and other copyright-related databases, in an interoperable way.