ECSA joins global rights database project

By | Published on Monday 4 April 2011


The Global Repertoire Database Working Group – which is the fun name for the group of companies looking into launching a global database of songs and their owners – last week confirmed that the European Composers & Songwriters Alliance had joined the party.

Already collaborating in the venture are the publishing bits of EMI and Universal, plus digital firms iTunes, Amazon and Nokia, and collecting societies PRS, SACEM and STIM. ECSA represents various composer and songwriter organisations from across Europe.

Confirming the organisation’s involvement, ECSA Exec Chair Alfons Karabuda told reporters: “It is very encouraging to see that the industry is recognising the vital need for collaboration in order to provide the operational infrastructure required to support the digital music value chain. We welcome the opportunity to work with the GRD WG and believe that a global database will have a wide-ranging positive impact on writers and composers, the music industry, and its related businesses and consumers”.