Music publishers propose global database

The music industry seems finally to have woken up to the changing world around it, and is looking at ways to make the online distribution of music easier for punters and pop stars alike.

Every time a new online distribution model is created, the people behind the technology have to spend months, if not years, negotiating with lawyers from hundreds of companies based in dozens of countries to ensure artists and composers are compensated for their work.

According to Reuters, the music publishing industry is currently working with the European Commission in order to build a global database of copyright information that will help distribute payments more efficiently, a process that could save €100 million in administration fees every year.

"As an industry there have been many false dawns over the years but at last we seem to have woken up to the fact that we have to change," Neil Gaffney, Executive Vice President at EMI Music Publishing UK, told Reuters.

Consultancy outfit Deloitte is apparently putting together the Global Repetitive Database (GRD) as we speak, but we're sure it will take the various lawyers involved at least a couple of years, and thousands of billable hours, to agree who gets what and when.