A Euro title database has gone live which the industry hopes will provide a resource for DVD distributors looking for pan European licensing and distribution opportunities.
To access the free database users require a password and user name. Database records can be sorted by country where rights are held, title name and release date.
The database has already come under fire from some corners of the DVD industry, which feel it could create cartel situations. They are sceptical that a non profitmaking database can actually be sustained and believe it is a matter for the European Commission.
There are many, however, who believe it will be important for expanding DVD business in Europe.
"It is a very important resource," said James Graham, president of Planet Theory.
The database is being administered by Nomad and its it is being sponsored by Kinowelt, a German rights holding company.
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