Systems allows for faster access, more accurate tracking

CANNES — A new link in the chain connecting composers’ societies globally was established Tuesday when the Intl. Confederation of Societies of Authors & Composers (CISAC) launched its CIS Net and signed on with FastTrack.

CIS Net will link the musical information of the CISAC’s 209 member societies. FastTrack, an alliance of 11 copyright societies including BMI in the U.S. and SACEM in France, will supply a turnkey infrastructure allowing members to perform real-time searches on any work in the system.

Both systems allow for access to faster and more accurate tracking of the use of musical works.

Eventually, FastTrack hopes to be able to collate all versions of a song and its translated or rewritten versions in other countries.

“We can deliver better service to our 2.5 million members, and distribute money more accurately and more quickly,” said Eric Baptiste, secretary general of CISAC. “Today we move from theory to implementation.”

While musical repertoire is the primary focus of FastTrack, Baptiste noted the tracking system eventually would be used for society members with visual copyrights and could someday be employed by an org such as the Writers Guild.

FastTrack was launched in 2000 to develop digital tools for the management of authors’ rights.

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