Billboard.com has linked with software developer Broadjam to create a comprehensive online music search service that will provide entertainment and media professionals with a central source of copyrig

Billboard.com has linked with software developer Broadjam to create a comprehensive online music search service that will provide entertainment and media professionals with a central source of copyright and music licensing information.

The new service, called Billboard SongSearch powered by Broadjam, will enable subscribers to gain access to details on specific songs, including copyright ownership, publisher contact information, and Billboard chart history. Through Broadjam's Song Management System, users will be able to locate songs based on a wide range of search options, including genre, beats per minute, publisher, lyric content, and similar artists.

Once a desired song is located on the new service, subscribers will be referred to the copyright owner to acquire rights for film, television, advertising, corporate presentations, and other uses.

"Billboard.com has established itself as in the leading Internet destination for music industry information. This new service is being planned in answer to our customers' pressing need for a central source for copyright and music licensing information," said Ken Schlager, vice president of business development for Billboard Music Group. "The Billboard SongSearch will help facilitate music searches for media and entertainment professionals worldwide who need to acquire copyrighted works for a wide variety of commercial purposes, whether for film, television, advertising, or corporate productions."

VNU eMedia -- the Billboard sister company that operates Billboard.com -- and Broadjam aim to forge partnerships with all of the major and independent publishers to include their repertoire in the service. Additionally, independent musicians and songwriters will be able to upload their music to the site. The service is planned for launch in first-quarter 2003.

New Glarus, Wisc.-based Broadjam provides software, tools, and services for the music industry and counts among its clients Warner/Chappell Music and Pressplay. Roy Elkins, founder/CEO of Broadjam, says: "Together with Billboard, we aim to create a supersite that will serve entertainment and media professionals of all kinds.