Software systems designed to track the licensing of literary copyrights and payment of royalties are a relatively recent phenomenon, although they first appeared before cloud computing was widely adopted. As with any software that has very specialized applications and a narrow potential market, the buyer or subscriber must be concerned about how quickly the product might become obsolete, as well as its cost and ease of use.
Rich Shivener explained the purpose and requirements of royalty and rights management software in a 2012 article for Publishers Weekly.
The current market for royalty and title management software isn’t really large enough to make it worthwhile for a vendor to invest in the development of an inexpensive software product or service designed specifically for literary agents. However, if a software company wanted to design cloud-based rights and royalty management software to which self-published authors could afford to subscribe, then the customer base might be enlarged sufficiently to sustain its production. Just a thought.
Following is a list of royalty and title management software vendors. Not all of them offer software designed specifically for literary agencies, and some might not even be adaptable. Most are built for publishers. Some of these companies will have exhibits at the London Book Fair this week.
Literary rights & royalty management software
Bradbury Phillips International
El Segundo, CA, USA
Barcelona | London
Haywards Heath, SXW, UK | Schiphol-Rijk, Netherlands | Woodcliff Lake, NJ, USA
Beirut | Burlington, MA, USA | New York
FilmTrack’s Jaguar Consulting’s System 7
Pasadena and Studio City, CA, USA
Solna, Sweden | Breda, Netherlands
IPRO Business Systems
Kensai International’s Easy Royalties
Malverne, NY, USA
Amsterdam | Berlin | Munich | No. London | Paris | Parsippany, NJ, USA
Kiel, SH, Germany
Media Services Group
Houston | London | Los Angeles | Phoenix | Seattle | Stamford, CT, USA
South Hadley, MA, USA
Boston | Cape Town | Fleet, HPH, UK | London | St. Peter Port, Channel Islands | Wrocław, Poland
Oracle Media and Entertainment
Jericho, VT, USA
Oxford, OX, UK
REAL Software Systems
Boston | London | Los Angeles
Rights Management Systems
West Byfleet, SRY, UK
London | New York | San Diego
Austin, TX, USA
Gurgaon, HR, India | New York
SAP for Media
Riverside, CA, USA
That’s Rights! Agents
Trilogy North America
Raleigh, NC, USA
Fort Lee, NJ, USA
Brighton & Hove, BN, UK | New York
I’ll try to keep this list updated as new products and services appear. Let me know if you’re aware of a company I’ve overlooked or if I’ve included one that’s completely unsuitable for literary agencies.