The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) has launched CIS Net, a database of musical works that will interconnect its 209 member societies.

The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) has launched CIS Net, a database of musical works that will interconnect its 209 member societies.

At Midem today in Cannes, CISAC inked an agreement in principle to use the FastTrack digital copyright network to power CIS Net. Data from CISAC member societies will be incorporated into the network in order to expedite identification of works.

"This is the practical implementation of a vision outlined 10 years ago," says CISAC secretary general Eric Baptiste. The "landmark agreement," he says, will allow CISAC's members "to respond to the increasingly global diffusion" of musical works.

FastTrack managing director Chris van Houten adds, "It will allow more transparency and more efficiency in the day-to-day business of collecting societies, and it offers the additional promise of accelerating the distribution of royalties to authors throughout the world."

According to Bernard Miyet, vice chair of FastTrack and chief executive of French rights body SACEM, the new system will provide substantial administrative savings. Miyet says all of CISAC's member societies should be connected through the system in 2-5 years.

FastTrack, launched in 2000, operates a network for sharing data and streamlining internal operations among participating rights bodies. In addition to SACEM, FastTrack members are BMI (U.S.), AKM and Austro-Mechana (Austria), GEMA (Germany), SABAM (Belgium), SGAE (Spain), SIAE (Italy), SUISA (Switzerland), MCPS-PRS (U.K.), BUMA-STEMRA (Netherlands) and SOCAN (Canada).