Richard Thompson has been formally named chief information officer, after serving in an interim capacity since February.
Two weeks ago, the Mechanical Licensing Collective (MLC) secured crucial funding to create a central database of music copyright information to distribute royalties to songwriters and copyright owners. The creation of the MLC and its database are mandates of the Music Modernization Act, passed in October 2018.
Now, the MLC is announcing some of the partners that will help support the database -- and filling a leadership post key to its launch.
Richard Thompson, the former chair of international data standards-setting org Digital Data Exchange, has been formally named the MLC's chief information officer, responsible for overseeing the development and launch of the database. Thompson, who also helped build the technology platform behind Kobalt's publishing, distribution and label businesses, had been serving as chief information officer in an interim capacity since February.