Spain Launches First Legal Online Registry for Content

Pipo Fernandez

The new platform plugs into the national copyright registries in Spain and the United States.

MADRID -- Framed by the stately settings of the Spanish National Library and backed by three institutions designed to preserve intellectual property, Egeda President Enrique Cerezo announced the first online copyright registry for authors to protect their work.

Spain's most visible defender of audiovisual rights holders' property, Cerezo was flanked by Angel Asin of Safe Creative, Joaquin Jose Rodriguez of Spanish Legal Registry and Notary, Gloria Perez-Salmeron head of the National Library, Borja Adsuara head of and the director general of the Spanish Film Institute Susana de la Sierra.

Registro On Line as it is called, trumpeted as the first in the world to offer a legally binding guarantee in the United States and Spain, weaves together looks to protect rights holders' assets and help create new business models, custom fit for each product by allowing distributors and sales agents immediate availability and access to the owner for any type of use.

"It is unique in that for the first time ever there are three entities representing all the angles to offer not just the digital and technological capability of Safe Creative, but the professional rights management services of Egeda appropriate for accessing distribution along with--for the first time-the guarantee of legal protection offered by the copyright registry in Spain and in the United States," explained Safe Creative CEO Juan Jose Redondo.

The new registry is free and allows people and companies to register content online, in an "immediate, easy and transparent way, offering them a clear proof of authorship."

The quick pace of technological changes that make formats and access to content obsolete and the enormous amount of digital content generated are two challenges often cited by holders as frustrations to preserving the integrity of digital content. Proponents of the new registry say it cuts to the heart of those problems.

From the platform, the more than 100,000 users already subscribed can access the Juridical Registry of Content and Recordings of the Spanish National Registry. The legal status the same as if the user were registering the purchase of a home and verifying ownership.

Proponents argue it is an important step in fighting Spain's rampant piracy where studies show that more than 77 percent of the digital content consumed in Spain -- worth an estimated 5.2 billion euros ($7.2 billion)  to the music, film, publishing and videogame sectors in the first half of 2011-- was pirated.

"A thief is a thief," said Spanish producer and Egeda CEO Antonio Perez. "But now with a binding registry with legal recognition, a judge has the power to act against theft. What this does is allow us to move passed where we are and start creating new business models."

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