CLASS was established in 1999 by book publishers and authors to protect their published works. It is an independent, not-for-profit, non-Government organization which seeks to eliminate unauthorized use of copyright works of its members and affiliates.

It works to protect and enable easy access to copyright material through licensing of academic works, newspaper articles, journals, novels, photos and illustrations, especially for large scale copying of works including digital uses.

From its licensing, CLASS collects and distributes royalties to its members and foreign creators through reproduction rights organisations (RROs). It also provides data to enable sister RROs to pay individual authors and publishers. CLASS's main licensing involves the education industry - both public and private. All licensees have access to the full repertoire of works handled by CLASS.

In addition, CLASS can also take legal actions for the enforcement of the rights entrusted to it.

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