Sacem taps the blockchain for Musicstart works-protection tool


French collecting society Sacem has launched a new service for songwriters called Musicstart. It’s one of the first examples of a PRO using blockchain technology in this kind of tool.

In this case, that tool – launched through Sacem’s URights subsidiary – is focused on works protection. “A 100% digital service that allows you to easily generate a proof of anteriority of a work using blockchain technology,” as the organisation explained it.

“Users provide the main information about their creation, transmit the associated file (lyrics, score, music) and receive a certificate of anteriority, linked to a forgery-proof fingerprint in the blockchain, which can be used in the event of a legal dispute.”

Sacem stressed that the service is not just for its members or established songwriters, but for “all creators — novices or experts, beatmakers or bedroom producers — and especially for those who are not yet members of a collective management organisation like Sacem”.

The service costs €3.99 per file for one-off protection, or a monthly €4.99 subscription for unlimited usage.

Written by: Stuart Dredge