What is Common Works Registration (CWR)?
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CWR is one of several formats being developed by Society-Publisher Forum, and officially published by CISAC, the society of collecting societies world-wide.
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A CWR file is a text file, quite unreadable to most people. In this example, we have a registration for two musical works. It is clear that such files can not me created manually.
It is also a protocol. Oversimplified, publishers send registrations and societies send acknowledgements.
Not all registrations are accepted, and this is described in acknowledgement files. They are also in the same unreadable format.
CWR requires specialised software, one that can manage music metadata, export music catalogue in CWR format, process CWR acknowledgements. (And process royalty statements!)
By using such software, a publisher can have all the data in one place. And reduce costs by removing repetitive manual work and thereby reduce the number of human errors. For small publishers, such software is free. (See DMP for details.)
This is Music Metadata Basics section. If you want to know more, we have a dedicated section of articles about CWR.