Music Licensing Companies Message Standard
The DDEX message for the exchange of data for use in the collective management of neighbouring rights (these rights are sometimes also called “related rights”) is defined in the Music Licensing Companies Message Standard (“MLC”). The MLC Standard is relevant for the communication with and between music licensing companies. MLCs carry out the collective management of neighbouring rights for the remuneration of producers of recordings (labels) and/or performers when their recordings are used in specific ways. In the past, a variety of different and largely incompatible formats were used with and between MLCs.
The MLC Standard is for use by MLCs, rights holders (record companies, performers, representatives, etc.), and entities such as aggregators/distributors of recordings (on behalf of their clients). The following processes are supported by the MLC Standard:
- Record companies send information about sound recordings to a MLC;
- MLCs share repertoire information between each other;
- MLCs exchange sales and revenue data; and
- MLCs send revenue information to the owners of the sound recordings, i.e. the labels.
The exchange of data between MLCs is necessary to meet the requirements of bilateral agreements between the MLCs that administer the rights of producers and performers across multiple territories. This includes data about sound recordings, music videos and related sales data used within rights administration.
A detailed explanation of the MLC standard and advise about how to go about an implementation of it is available at the Knowledge Base.