|Very Extensive Rights Data Information|
VERDI is a European-wide multimedia rights information and licensing network between national collectively managed clearance services. It will be based on multimedia rights clearance systems (MMRCS) currently existing in Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain.
The opportunity of trading and transmitting a wide variety of digitized material creates new demands for rights clearance and administration. Previously only two basic options have existed for rights clearance. Rights holders either authorized producers on an individual basis or they entrusted collective administration organizations to do it on their behalf.
The main object of the VERDI-project is to facilitate multimedia rights trading by creating a European-wide rights information and licensing network between national collectively managed clearance services. By linking together these existing rights clearance centers, VERDI will create a simple and cost-effective Internet-based service for multimedia rights clearance. VERDI will provide the producer the services and information he needs for obtaining the right to use pre-existing content in his multimedia production.
The possbility of employing a Multimedia Rights Clearance Systems (MMRCS) on the national and international level is a major aim of VERDI.
To survey the rights situation in different countries a detailed questionnaire has been developped. Among other questions it tries to identify and collect information about right holders of different copyright protected works, namely audio, still images, text, audiovisual and others.