Software firm Spanish Point to design music rights system for Canada

13 Jan 2012

Dublin software company Spanish Point has been contracted to design and develop a musical rights and royalties distribution system for the Canadian Musical Reproduction Agency (CMRRA).

“The music industry is facing major changes and challenges that are impacting the ability of songwriters to be compensated fairly for their work,” said David A Basskin, president and CEO of CMRRA. “In order to respond to unprecedented demand for licensing, and to best provide for the collection and distribution of royalties, we have decided to invest in new technology to allow for improved processing and communication between all parties involved.”

Spanish Point’s solution will replace CMRRA’s current technology with an up-to-date and advanced system. The implementation will be rolled out in a series of phases and is scheduled for completion in Q3 of 2013.

The solution designed for CMRRA draws extensively on Spanish Point’s expertise in modern software development tools and technologies, such as Microsoft’s .net, BizTalk, SharePoint, Azure and SQL Server.

Spanish Point has experience in the music copyright industry, having previously worked with the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) to build a Musical Rights Licensing and Royalty Distribution System.

The IMRO system was recognised by Microsoft when it awarded Spanish Point the Worldwide Partner of the Year Award.

“Our design ensures a high degree of integration between modules. By using an integrated technology stack from Microsoft, our solution ensures that CMRRA will enjoy the latest developments in areas such as system integration, parsing, transformations, human-based workflow, full-text indexing and searching, and other technologies relevant to the its needs,” said John Corley, CTO of Spanish Point.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years