Overview

CLinks can be formed by using CMS pluginswpCLink for WordPress – as demonstrated through an example below:

Janos published a post titled “Does the Blogosphere Need a Registry?” and made it available for legitimate reuse (see how). The plugin registered the post; related rights data; created a “Reuse this content” button both at the published post and at its registry record:

CLink: Referent Creation (illustration)

Gulzar wanted to reuse this post so he clicked on the reuse button. After his site was verified, Gulzar was presented with a license offer preauthorized by Janos. Gulzar accepted the license offer electronically.

CLink: License offer acceptance (example)

The plugin automatically made the post available in Gulzar’s WordPress backend. He republished it for his visitors with additional tags and categories (see how).

Gulzar’s post shows the attribution to Janos, links his post to the original by a canonical tag and links the registry record of his post to Janos’ as “Referent”.

CLink Registry: Linked Creation referent link (example-snip)

Gulzar’s linked post and related registry object promote the original article by the reuse links to Janos’ post.

It took few seconds for Janos to make his post available for reuse and less than a minute for Gulzar to make the request, get his website verified, accept the license offer (he knew the license terms and conditions because the license templates are published online), receive the post to his WordPress backend and publish the linked post.  In the meantime, electronic records of the transaction were created both for Janos and Gulzar. The referent, linked posts, license transaction, and rights status have been given persistent identifiers and are trackable in the CLink registry.

Gulzar gets the content to please his online community. Janos gets the benefits from Gulzar’s republication, proper attribution, a canonical link that counts towards his online ranking and reuse links for promotion. The reuse is licensed, the transaction is transparent and tracked along with the associated rights status in a searchable registry available to the public. Everybody wins.

Note: Image files are supported by additional features for IPTC, PLUS metadata and Google Images.