In close collaboration with CISAC, FastTrack has been diligently working to deliver customized access to key CIS-Net tools for music publishers. FastTrack is currently putting the finishing touches on the customized version of the CIS-Net AVI for music publishers: a security-enhanced, read only version of the CIS-Net AVI that will allow publishers to confirm that the society community has the cue sheet for a particular audio-visual program. The project team is currently preparing the user manual and training material for this release, while the legal team finalizes the general terms and conditions that will govern the publishers’ access and use of the tool. CISAC’s Society Liaisons Group, which has served as the main interface between the societies and publishers on this initiative, is hoping to begin a soft launch with select publisher executives participat-ing in beta testing of the service this fall, followed by a full launch to all publisher members shortly thereafter.
“The international society community has been meeting with our publisher members and affiliates for years to identify and implement standards and practices to improve efficien-cies in the way that we exchange information,” said BMI’s Alison Smith, chair of the CISAC Society Liaisons Group. “Providing publishers with access to key CIS-Net tools, which has become such an integral part of the day-to-day exchange of information among societies, is the next logical step in that ongoing process and demonstrates our strong commitment to an even closer, collaborative relationship with our members in order to achieve the most effective collective licensing for everyone in the music industry value chain.”
The next phase of the initiative, planned to deliver customized access to the CIS-Net MWI, is also now well underway, with FastTrack costing out several options and preparing timelines based on requirements provided by the CISAC Society Liaisons Group. It is anticipated that the CISAC Society Liaisons Group will consult publishers this fall on the pros and cons of the various options under consideration so that a final decision can be taken, detailed business requirements and functional specifications can be prepared, and development can begin as soon as possible.
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