Music Copyright Groups Cement International Alliance22 Jan, 2002 By: Hive News
The Digital Copyright Network formerly known as FastTrack picked up a little steam today as music copyright organizations AKM and Austro-Mechana (Austria), SABAM (Belgium) and SUISA (Switzerland) joined the alliance.
Founded by copyright organizations BMI (United States), GEMA (Germany), SACEM (France), SGAE (Spain) and SIAE (Italy), the alliance established formally this month with a headquarters office in Paris under the direction of managing director Chris van Houten. The alliance shares technological expertise and development costs and a network computing architecture to benefit the rights owners the founding societies represent.
"We are pleased to officially welcome our Austrian, Belgian and Swiss colleagues to the alliance," said board chairman Mauro Masi, also a special commissioner for Italy's SIAE. "We look forward to their participation and the addition of their valuable repertoire to our international database."
Today the alliance announced the completion of development work on two key technical milestones: Phase One of the Global Documentation and Distribution Network (GDDN) and the digital system for Online Works Registration (OWR).
Phase One of the GDDN implements the works information network for domestic and international repertoire, which includes 3.5 million works from the five founding societies. It is the largest international database complying with CIS standards such as the ISWC identifier.
The OWR tool will permit author and publisher members of alliance societies to conveniently register new works from PCs in their offices or homes through a secure Internet connection.
"We are very pleased with the GDDN and OWR," said Masi. "They will produce efficiency benefits in each member society and have been accomplished without a single addition to staff, or the need to acquire additional computing hardware."
The Belgian group was the first society outside of the founding members to join the alliance, confirming its membership last June.
"The Digital Copyright Network is a unique collaborative project that permits participants to maintain national identity," said Jacques Lion, managing director of SABAM. "The globalization of our profession makes such international initiatives a priority and a significant step forward."
Ohers echoed that sentiment.
"SUISA is grateful to The Digital Copyright Network for giving medium-sized collective- administration societies the possibility of participating on reasonable terms in important, forward-looking solutions," said SUISA chief executive Alfred Meyer.
Technical director Didier Roy, who is responsible for developing and implementing the information and communication systems to manage the member societies' key business processes, also joined the group recently.