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PPL and PRS for Music reveal plan to link data sets


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Breaking down the walls between different data silos remains one of the music industry’s key challenges in 2017.

Now British collecting societies PPL and PRS for Music are taking a step in the right direction, with plans to link their data sets and create “a prototype search tool to improve identification of sound recordings and musical works and the links between them”.

The pair of societies have already linked more than 2.5m recordings from PPL’s database with more than 1.2m works from PRS’ database, making this available to search.

The pair also say they’re keen to bring in other societies, with Australian APRA AMCOS the first to confirm interest.

“Collaboration is key to the successful resolution of the data challenge across the industry,” said PRS for Music’s director of operations Paul Dilorito.

“We are excited about extending beyond this pilot to draw in other CMOs and PROs to progress the initiative even further,” added PPL’s CTO Mark Douglas.

There are still some headaches here though: for example, the admission that the linked data set will not include full ownership information for recordings or works.

While that’s “conceptually possible”, for now PPL and PRS for Music will continue to manage that data separately, while pointing people using the new prototype search tool in the right direction to find it.

Stuart Dredge

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