DATABASES IN THE SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC SECTOR



One aspect of the changed music industry of tomorrow is a clean and transparent database of all copyrights. A litle like title deeds for property are kept in the deeds office, so the title deeds for intellectual property neeed to be be stored, preserved and respected. A good and clean database of a country's copyright will allow tremendous revenue for the citizens of that country.

Databasing is the biggest challenge. In South Africa the databases are a mess. And when you have a mess the money goes missing. There are simple solutions. A database can ensure the right people get their money instead of unfair distribution. The technology is there to bring a solution with databases that are compliant with the ISRC codes. Once the databases are right and there is the correct radio monitoring there will be the correct copyright payments.

Information is key in this industry. Now that we know databases are the biggest challenge, how are we going to fix it?
RISA provides for the registration of ISRC codes.
The detection of a sound recording has the same impact on both needletime and composers rights. It would make sense fo rIMPRA, SAMPRA, SAMRO, RAV, CAPASSO to use one system.

What therefore are the best practice in databases to ensure fair distribution and correct copyright payments? And will this include meta-data and monitoring? And what other potentials are at hand to capitalise on well intioned innovation?

The Music Rights landscape is quickly changing with an international movement to introduced a new monitoring system RDx for creators to ensure their work receives its due rewards. Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) is putting together this global database of independent works. A centralized database that is transparent is an easy solution.