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Global standards are critical, but it’s their implementation and usage that makes them valuable. DDEX conducts regular webinars and implementation workshops to help companies integrate the relevant standards to their businesses, and the current schedule can be found here.

Below are recordings from past webinars, and there are additional videos on DDEX available on our YouTube channel here. There is more written material and samples for the various standards on the DDEX Knowledge Base which will also assist you in your implementations. If you need additional help, contact us at

DDEX standards are free to anyone to use – just complete the Implementation Licence.

Webinar: CDM Standard Technical Deep Dive

The CDM standard was published at the beginning of this year and enables rights owners of musical works, to make claims in respect of the musical works used on digital music services as reported to the rights owners by the services using the DDEX DSR standard. This webinar provides a technical deep dive into the CDM standard and shows how the various formats within the standard should be constructed and communicated.


Webinar: DSR and CDM Standards, business benefits and the link between the DSR & CDM standards

The DSR standard communicates information about sales, usage or revenue generated on a digital music retailer service, to the relevant rights owners and the CDM standard enables rights owners to make claims in respect of the musical works used on the services. This webinar explains the business benefits of implementing the DSR and CDM Standards, provides a fairly high-level explanation of the DSR standards and, explains the important link between those and the CDM standards.


Webinar: Learn about the Digital Sales Report Standard

DSR enables organisations using music on their digital music services (the licensees) to create sales/usage reports about the distribution of music, music videos or other content to consumers, to send to the rights owners (the licensors) of the musical works, sound recordings and music videos used.


Webinar: Learn about the Musical Work Notification (MWN), Musical Work Licensing (MWL) and Letter of Direction (LoD) Standards

These standards are typically used by DSPs and record companies to request information on right share ownership claims and to license musical works from music rights societies, musical work rights administrators and/or music publishers, and for such organisations to provide information, licences and/or licence rejections and notifications of changes of ownership.


Webinar: Learn about the Recording Data and Rights Standards (RDR)

The RDR standards enable music licensing companies (such as SoundExchange in the US, PPL in the UK, SCPP in France and GVL in Germany) to communicate with music licensing companies in other countries, and for communication between record companies, performers or their representatives. The standards help support the communication of repertoire and revenue information amongst that community.


Webinar: Learn about the Recording Information Notification Standard (RIN)

The RIN standard is a file format that is a uniform mechanism for capturing, storing and communicating “recording information”. Recording information is any information relating to participants including roles (for example, performers, composers, engineers), creations (for example, musical works), instrumentation (for example, keyboards, violin, bass drum) and equipment information (for example, type of microphones, type of mixing desk).


Webinar: Learn about the Media Enrichment and Description Standard (MEAD)

The ERN standard communicates “core” information about a music release. The new MEAD standard allows for additional categories of information to be associated with a release to help marketing and consumer discovery, such as focus tracks, lyrics, artist nicknames, historic chart positions, and much more. Anyone that supplies such additional information, or wants to optimise music for discovery will get an explanation of the options MEAD can deliver.


Webinar: Learn about the Electronic Release Notification Standard (ERN)

The ERN standard is used to enable content owners/administrators to inform DSPs about new releases that are available for distribution, and the terms and conditions under which those releases can be made available. It includes complete metadata about the release and all resources contained within the release. In addition, it includes information about the “deals” that describe when, where and how the release can be made available.



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