LONDON--()--A cross-sector initiative has been launched with the aim of creating the first global database providing comprehensive information on musical works and sound recordings.
The initiative aims to lower the administrative barriers to businesses seeking to distribute content online and ensure that creators of music are quickly and efficiently compensated for their work.
In September 2008 EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes initiated the Online Commerce Roundtable whereby a selection of music rights holders and rights managers, music service providers and consumer representatives met to discuss issues relating to the provision of online music services1. The participants, iTunes, Amazon, Nokia, PRS for Music, SACEM, STIM, EMI Music Publishing and Universal Music Publishing Group, were invited by the European Commission to set up the Global Repertoire Database Working Group to carry forward the work initiated in the Online Commerce Roundtable.
Following a Request for Information process that elicited more than 30 responses, the Working Group has published a Request for Proposals which has been circulated to a number of technology and data service providers around the world.
The goal of the Global Repertoire Database is to provide, for the first time, a single, comprehensive and authoritative representation of the global ownership and control of musical works.
The Request for Proposal and more information can be obtained at http://globalrepertoiredatabase.com/rfp.html. The deadline for submissions is Friday 15th October 2010.
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