Study on the Role and Functions of the International Music Registry (IMR)

The IMR provides a forum for representatives of the various music sectors worldwide to address challenges associated with music rights in the digital environment. This initiative seeks to ensure that any new developments dealt with in the IMR are consistent with existing international efforts to improve access to music rights information. The IMR aims to enhance, rather than duplicate, other database initiatives. The IMR’s ultimate goal is to promote a transparent, inclusive architecture for the interconnection and reconciliation of data from different sources. WIPO’s role is to facilitate dialogue among stakeholders by providing technical assistance where appropriate, and enabling a virtual environment for the IMR debate.

At the June 2011 IMR Consultative Committee meeting in Brussels, consensus was reached on the need to undertake a Scoping Study that documents existing databases or those under construction, as well as the services they provide or will provide (including to which stakeholders or users). This factual description of the state-of-the-art will lead, at a later stage, to defining the IMR’s functions on the basis of minimum duplication and maximum efficiency. Mr. Nic Garnett has been requested to prepare the Scoping Study.

The Scoping Study will consist of three main parts:

  1. A description of the current and planned initiatives in the field of music rights databases;
  2. A description of music industry rights management infrastructure needs in the digital environment;
  3. A proposal of the functions that the IMR could undertake and WIPO’s role in matching infrastructure developments with the needs of the music industry on a global basis.

A preliminary version of the Study will be made available to representatives of different database initiatives at an informal meeting to be held on October 12, 2011 - immediately before the WIPO Global Conference on Copyright Documentation and Infrastructure, which will take place on October 13 and 14, 2011, in Geneva. This informal exchange will allow representatives from different database initiatives to share views and to discuss a possible role for the IMR. The final version of the Study will be made available by December 2011.

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