The Digital Data Exchange, LLC (DDEX) has, in the past defined a series of message suite standards to make the communication of information along the digital music delivery chain more efficient. As part of these message is the communication of sales and usage reports from retailers of Releases to relevant rights holders, such as record companies — for rights in sound recordings and/or video resources — and music rights societies or music publishers — for rights in the underlying musical work.
Such sales and usage reports can, however, vary between different uses. For instance, reports would differ by the type of organisation they are sent to: a report to a sound recording rights holder would carry different information from a report sent to the controller of musical work rights. Similarly, “marketing reports” often differ from “financial reports”.
In order to aid companies that only wish to communicate a small subset of the types of products that the “full” DDEX standards allow, DDEX has developed a series of “profiles”. These profiles come in two flavours. Firstly “Release Profiles” that define subsets of Releases to be communicated along the music delivery chain and, secondly, “Business Profiles” that define subsets of the commercial information governing the distribution of Releases.
This standard defines a set of Release and Business Profiles that define how to use the Digital Sales Reporting Message Suite Standard to express the most common types of sales and usage reports to owners or rights controllers with respect to musical works as well as sound recordings and other resources.
The full set of Release and Business Profiles is available from http://ddex.net. Any organisation wishing to implement this (or any other DDEX Standard) is required to apply for an Implementation Licence. The terms of the licence and an application form can be found at http://ddex.net/implementing-ddex-standards.