The Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency, Ltd. (CMRRA), Canada’s leading music reproduction rights collective, has announced a new service allowing publishers and songwriters to search for unmatched uses of their material and pursue payments for that work.
CMRRA’s new Unclaimed Works Portal is powered by CMRRA Direct and provides users with free data from digital services spanning billions of uses.
“One of the biggest challenges publishers and songwriters face is knowing how their work has been used,” said Veronica Syrtash, CMRRA senior vice president – business affairs and corporate development, in a statement. “This new CMRRA Direct service provides unprecedented visibility into music use data so that these creators can get paid. The service fulfills the company’s broader mission of making the business side of music easier for creators.”
The new Unclaimed Works Portal includes sound recording data from multiple streaming services aggregated by the International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) and a searchable database that allows publishers to match individual tracks to musical works and — if necessary — submit missing copyright ownership claims on those works. From there, CMRRA will work to validate the claims and then use that data to invoice services retroactively, generating royalty payments across digital services.
The service will also incorporate new matches in its database for future royalty payments when tracks are used. CMRRA already matches its repertoire to digital service use reports and files retroactive claims to services each reporting period.
“This tool offers unprecedented access and transparency. It is a comprehensive and open solution for all publishers,” added Syrtash. “We welcome music publishers of all sizes and self-published songwriters to help fill-in the gaps where data is unknown or incomplete.”
Music publishers can register to use the CMRRA’s Unclaimed Works Portal cmrra.ca. It is part of a suite of tools by the SoundExchange-owned companies intended on helping music creators get paid accurately. SoundExchange’s other tools include the Music Data Exchange (MDX) that helps publishers and labels with metadata for new releases, the NOI Lookup database that allows users to search more than 70 million address unknown Notice of Intention to Use (NOI) filings made with the U.S. Copyright Office, and the ISRC search that provides information on more than 30 million sound recording releases around the world.
SoundExchange bought CMRRA in 2017. Most likely, if the Unclaimed Works Portal works well in Canada, it will be brought to the United States.