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Copyright registries have historically provided authors and other rights holders some useful tools that granted legal certainty, not only to creators but to those using their creations. The importance and legal strength of these registries have progressed throughout the years and territories. Some countries employ mandatory systems of work registration, while in others the work gains protection with its mere creation.
These registries undoubtedly provide security to third parties and precise information about the right owners of an artistic work, while they permit the creator to have a legally valid proof of creation. Registries are specially useful in the digital age where anybody can become a creator, and where the easy dissemination of a work uploaded on the Internet facilitate infringers to plagiarize third parties' works. These registries, whether they are public or private, are equally important for preserving our artistic and cultural heritage through the maintenance of a rich database that, if desired by the rightholders, could be accessed by anyone in the world.
Nowadays, thanks to the universality of the Berne Convention and to the new technologies, the use of Copyright Registries has increased, provoking at the same time the establishment of organizations that provide this same service with a strong support on technologies and secure protocols. This proliferation of new registries creates new problems and needs, including the necessity of approving protocols that standardize the way these registries inscribe, categorize and tag the works entering their systems. Unfortunately, practically each registry have, in these days, its own registration system, which create incompatibility and a lack of interoperability between them.
In this regard, the Open Standards for Copyright Registries Interoperability Group (OSCRI) appears to be a platform for the study and development of standardisation rules and protocols in the Copyright field, with the main aim of creating a scenario where all copyright registries are compatible between each other.