This tools is currently in final stages of development. It is still not available to general public.
What does this tool do?
Data from the CSV file is validated and turned into a structured data, ready to be written to a database. This data is never actually saved to the database. It is then exported to a CWR file, as if it was exported from a database. -
Can you explain the 40-works limitation?
Effectively, one publisher can register up to 40 works. We enforce this by by replacing Work IDs you submit with up to 40 new ones.
There are two main reasons. One, CWR is complicated and if you need this tool, you may not know what you are doing. 40 is a number where things can be checked manually and fixed rather quickly. Two, we would like to earn some money on this. 40 is a number where you can be confident to take the next step. It includes checking those 40 works, still for free.
Can I split these 40 works in multiple files?
Yes. You can put works in separate files, uploaded at any time, as long as you use Work IDs between 1 and 40.
- Can I send this file to multiple societies?
- Yes. Please keep the acknowledgement files from all of them.
I have this file that was prepared for import into another system. Will it work?
If it is a CSV file that has a single work per line and numbers add up, definitely. If one work (song) is split into multiple lines, it may also get imported, but there is a slight chance the result might not be what you expect it to be.
Why would I want to use multi-line?
We only use it to differentiate between publisher chains and territories. So the only reason why you want to use it is because there is more than one original publisher for an author or if one publisher is represented by multiple sub-publishers, maybe for different territories.
I uploaded the CSV file and got some errors.
Everybody falls the first time. There are numerous checks that we perform and even more checks the different societies perform. If we reject the file, you can fix or extend it and upload it again. This process usually takes few hours the first time it is done.
- But I uploaded it to this other tool and it did not object. Why does your tool object?
- Well, every error comes with a specification. The real question is why the other tool did not, and we can not really go into ttat one, can we?
I received the file, sent it to the society and it was rejected
Although we try to detect all issues, we sometimes fail or do not have the access to the data society does. So we may provide you with a file that will be rejected by a society. Different societies have very different rules. If society rejects your file, fix the errors in the CSV or add missing data, upload it again and repeat the process.
There may be some actions you need to perform, such as registering an agreement, some societies make it mandatory (and rightly so). Usually you can do it through a web site, it does not require a CWR. If the only way to register an agreement would be through CWR, we would like to hear more about it.
I have successfully used your tool(s), so what is this next step?
There are several options. We strongly believe that one size does not fit all. We could double-check your registrations and acknowledgment files and, if we find no major issues, depending on your needs, increase or remove the 40-works limit. You will, basically, still be using this very same tool.
If you would like to have a more complete solution, we can offer you a music rights management software-as-a-service. There are two things we must warn you about. We are very strict about no-garbage-in policy. And we do not add features hastily, but focus on quality instead. It may be counter-intuitive for the rushing mainstream mindset of this industry.
Does this mean you will reject a (potential) client?
By all means, yes. Music rights managements is an industry based on trust. Two things where software can help this is in data validation and correct processing. If they are neglected, trust is lost. We would prefer to loose a client than the trust in what we do.