2.1 Introduction

The messages and the choreography defined in this standard provides a mechanism for Musical Works Licensors (usually music publishers or collective rights organisations or their agents) to:

  • Provide to record companies, DSPs and other companies information about ownership of Right Shares in one or more Musical Works in a standardised information flow;

  • Exchange with DSPs offering “user-generated content” to consumers information about ownership of Rights Shares in one or more Musical Works.

As user-generated content is often based on musical works, it is essential for the owners of rights in the Musical Work as well as the DSP that the DSP has an accurate picture of the ownership of a Musical Work they want to exploit and monetise. This is particularly important for territories such as the US where licensing is typically de-centralised or on a Work-by-Work basis;

The choreography can also be used for information exchanges regarding Musical Works and/or Right Shares as part of the US Musical Work Licensing Choreography as well as the (forthcoming) US Letter of Directions Choreography.

Furthermore it allows DSPs, record companies and other companies to solicit such information from Works Licensors. Such requests may often include information about the Release(s) and Resource(s) such Works are used in.

Other applications include the provision of lyrics to a lyrics DSP, the provision of information on print rights, cases where a DSP might want to augment writer data they hold in order to improve consumer experience and supplying data to intermediaries who are doing administration on a DSP’s behalf.