Add "merge" functionality Rightsholder Maintenance.
Currently there is essentially no good way to maintain duplicate records in Rightsholder Maintenance. I want to be able to merge duplicate records so that I can eliminate duplicates that have occurred because of staff turnover throughout the years without losing the copyright history on the rightsholder.
Christina Sirois commented
I think both would be useful, but the most critical would be to be able to make Cat/Kitten so that the copyright history is carried into the merge.
Ex. Employee A from 2005-2008 used Random House, Inc. and Employee B from 2008-Present has used Random House. I want to be able to merge the two together and be able to mark which is the final record. So, in this case, I would want to merge "Random House" into "Random House, Inc." Technically, this issue shouldn't come up because users should know to look for the correct rightsholder...but it always does after years of having a system in place.
Another process that would work, though, is that Random House and Random House, Inc. are merged together and I choose a name for the merged record. This should encapsulate both scenarios you described as long as the records' histories follow them into the new record. Otherwise, I could just delete rightsholders and create new ones - I want to be able to maintain the record of our relationships we have had with our rightsholders.
This relates well to your other idea about parent/child relationships.
Would you want to merge them into a new name? So Cat Publishing and Kitten Publishing becomes Feline Publishing? Or do you want to keep the history that it used to be Cat/Kitten?