Linked Content Coalition

LCC is a not-for-profit global consortium of standards bodies and registries, who create and manage content data standards, particularly for identifiers, metadata and messaging. The editor of the framework was Godfrey Rust of RightsCom, who also consulted on the [[DOI]] – and it was intended to be the basis for the stalled UK Copyright Hub.


They have 10 targets (quoted below from here):

  1. A global Party ID. Rightsholders and “asserters” should be identified with an identifier linked to the ISNI “hub”.
  2. Creation IDs for all. Creations of all types should be identified to any required level of granularity.
  3. Right IDs. Content rights should be identified distinct from, but linked to, the Creations to which they relate.
  4. Resolvable IDs. Identifiers should have a URI form so that where they may be persistently and predictably resolved to multiple services within the internet.
  5. Linked IDs. “Cross-standard” links between identifiers should use interoperable terms and be authorised by interested Parties at both ends of the link.
  6. Interoperable metadata. Standard content and rights metadata schemas and vocabularies should have authorised, public mappings which enable terms and data to be automatically transformed from one standard into another.
  7. Provenance of Rights data. The provenance (“asserter”) of Rights declarations should be made explicit.
  8. Digital Rightsholder Statement (“DRS”). Anyone should be able to make standardised, machine-interpretable public statements about rightsholdings in Creations.
  9. Conflict Management. Conflicts between public rights declarations should be automatically identifiable so that their resolution can be managed.
  10. Linked Fingerprints. Where digital “fingerprints” or embedded “watermarks” exist, they should be mapped to registered Creation identifiers.

LCC Framework

The LCC project set out to define:

  1. the types of things that occupy the network, and their relationships: Rights Reference Model;
  2. how to identify things in the network: Principles of Identification;
  3. how the rights data passes through the network: Principles of Messaging;

There is fuller details of the entity model here:

1.  The LCC Rights Reference Model (RRM)

The LCC Rights Reference Model (RRM) ( is a formal, general and extensible reference data model for representing intellectual property rights and entitlements for any media or content. This was implemented in the now defunct

Presentation from 2015:

2. The LCC Principles of Identification

3. The LCC Principles of Messaging

Linked Content Coalition