Inter BEE 2013: Digital Laboratory exhibits its paid-monthly rights reporting service, designed to make reporting song usage to JASRAC easier. Combines multiple services to offer full-support for all stages of the usage reporting workflow
Digital Laboratory Inc. is using Inter BEE 2013 to showcase its range of services designed to streamline the process of music rights reporting to JASRAC and RIAJ (Recording Industry Association of Japan). Among them is the flagship product Music Latte Rights Report. The company is pitching the benefits of low-cost, low-manpower rights reporting and seeking more clients among broadcasters. (The above image shows a selection screen in Rights Report for picking songs by broadcast program)
■ Use album ID and track number to read in song titles, JASRAC codes, and copyright holder information
Music Latte Rights Report is a web service that allows users to simply enter an album ID and track number to auto-populate fields with track titles, JASRAC codes, and copyright holder information for all tracks. The system covers virtually all music on CDs available in Japan.
Because the service is cloud-based, no server is required at the broadcaster's site. It integrates with existing station systems to automatically read in program/on-air schedules. The service is already in use by Tohoku Broadcasting Company, Yamagata Broadcasting Company, Sapporo Television, Sapporo Television Radio, and others. Monthly pricing begins at ¥70,000.
■ Advanced fingerprinting technology detects tracks being used
The booth also plays host to other services that integrate with Rights Report to facilitate the process. One tool, Music Latte Song Meter, is a new service that uses fingerprinting to automatically analyze audio sources played in a broadcast and create a list of songs being used.
The list is then automatically exported to Rights Report for immediate use, eliminating tedious data entry usually required when reporting songs manually. The service also supports tracks used in syndicated broadcasts or direct-to-station broadcasts, where extracting track titles would otherwise be difficult. Sapporo Television uses this tool for STV Radio.
The fingerprinting technology relies on AV-Marker, an audio and video search tool developed by Sony. A booth rep explains, "This high-fidelity, granular search functionality has been recognized by JASRAC." Pricing is at a fixed monthly rate and starts at ¥100,000.
■ Also on view: a wide range of linked services to optimize CD library management
Other integrated services being shown are Ongaku Soko (Music Warehouse), an audio server system; Hummingbird, a CD library management system; and Music Latte CD Metadelivery, which provides CD metadata information for a fixed monthly fee.
Ongaku Soko allows broadcasters to digitize an in-house library of several 100,000 tracks. Using this tool in conjunction with Rights Report provides a seamless workflow, letting users select tracks, download them, and report relevant copyright data for tracks used on the air.
Hummingbird is an integrated system for storing CD/record data and checking albums in and out. CD Metadelivery is an optional feature of Hummingbird that links in to a database covering virtually all CDs available in Japan, and lets users easily download CD metadata when storing albums in Hummingbird. Using these tools together eliminates the need to enter metadata by hand.
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