The Harry Fox Agency (HFA) has enhanced its eSongs online publisher catalog management application. The update now has the ability to accept file uploads, which will speed the processing of larger catalog changes.

Esong, which became operational in 2005, allows a publishing client to request the addition or change of a song to HFA's licensing database. These requests are then sent automatically for verification and processing by HFA. In addition to eSong, HFA accepts common works registration (CWR) versions 2.0 and 2.1 files for catalog management.

"The new file upload option in eSong will help publishers that may not be able to implement CWR more easily make large-scale updates to their catalogs so the most current information is available for licensing and royalty payment," HFA senior VP of publisher services and distributions Ed Hunt said in a statement. "We have over 2.4 million songs in our catalog. With song ownership so fluid, easy-to-use tools like eSong are imperative to maintaining the accuracy of such a large database."

HFA Online allows publishing clients to manage all of their business online, from song registration and catalog updates to reviewing and responding to license requests. It also allows for viewing reports of licensing activity, and pending and past royalty payment information.

HFA Online also provides other features, including the royalty analysis tools Income Tracking Reports and Licensee Comparison Reports, which give publishers insight into their songs' royalty history.