Working Group Information
Chaired by Stef Coninx, this working group dealt with the use and sharing of information in the music sector by different actors such as music libraries & archives, music information centres, music export offices, (policy) advisory institutions, etc. Data collection, the use of databases and the application of different kinds of IPR (and privacy issues) are also addressed.
- Data collection should be standardised at European level.
- Existing databases should be compared to identify connections and overlaps.
- A Music Observatory (similar to the European Audiovisual Observatory) should be created. It would educate, build capacity, and represent the music sector’s three perspectives: “music as a tool”, “music as a product” and “music as an art form”.
- Public institutions should play a role in data collection in order to guarantee a stability that business cannot (e.g., if Spotify were to disappear, its collection function would also disappear).
- More than one party should handle data collection to maintain “check and balances”.
Use of data
- Access to data on authors’ rights needs to be easier.
- Digital data should be used in part to understand (and therefore develop) audiences.
- A harmonised rights system that reflects the diversity of the music sector should be developed.
- A comparison of the different digital strategies of EU governments should be undertaken.