WIPO Connect

WIPO Connect is an interconnected solution for the collective management of copyright and related rights. It supports collective management organizations’ (CMOs) local operations, such as documentation (of works and right owners) and distribution of royalties. It also provides connectivity with regional and global networks.

The first release of the solution was delivered in 2016, covers music copyright, and is currently being deployed as a pilot in a selected set of CMOs. The solution will be extended to related rights for the 2018/19 biennium.

WIPO Connect is a solution that enhances global data and rights flows for beneficiary CMOs. (Image: WIPO)

WIPO Connect in depth

The goals of the new WIPO Connect are to: 1) enable the integration of CMOs with regional and global networks for data exchanges, and 2) improve the efficiency of local CMO operations.

WIPO Connect operates on three different levels:

  • at local level, the solution provides business-related functionalities such as identification, allocation and distribution;
  • at shared level, the solution provides data dissemination and exchange features;
  • the international level, comprising of interfaces to external data sources or services provided by industry stakeholders.

The implementation of the WIPO Connect solution will give beneficiary CMOs a full global reach.

A WIPO Wiki exists for CMOs and others involved with the WIPO Connect project.

Access the WIPO Connect Wiki page

Three-level logical architecture of WCC
Three-level logical architecture of WIPO Connect. (Image: WIPO)

History of the project

For many years, WIPO has provided a copyright management software for CMOs free of charge. This software was known as WIPOCOS and it was made available in particular to least developed countries (LDCs) and low-income developing countries. The system was designed primarily to facilitate the management of copyright in the musical sphere.

Acknowledging the need for important improvements in the functionality and technology of WIPOCOS identified by CMOs, in the program and budget for the 2014/2015 biennium PDF, WIPO program and budget WIPO member states allocated funding to develop a new software platform to replace WIPOCOS.

WIPO Connect will include existing business features available under WIPOCOS as well as incorporate wider-ranging rights and functionalities, designed to give CMOs using the software a global reach.

Business expert group

The WIPO Connect Business Expert Group (BEG) is made up of targeted users of WIPO Connect (representatives of volunteering CMOs) and business partners (representatives of international organizations and interested companies). The BEG is responsible for:

  • defining the business requirements of the system;
  • identifying emerging business needs and prioritizing features;
  • supervising data related activities (data quality rule definition, migration activities, de-duplication, etc.);
  • providing guidance and business expertise for the deployment and operational phases.

The BEG meets regularly to discuss the WIPO Connect project and undertake related activities.

BEG members can make use of a private, online Wiki workspace.

Access the WIPO Connect BEG Wiki page