What is the aim of the Audio-visual Profile?
The aim of the Audio-visual Profile is to enable licensees (typically digital service providers) to report to rights controllers (typically audio-visual rights societies) information regarding the level of usage and/or revenue generated from the distribution of audiovisual recordings (excluding musical videos).
Dedicated fields are available for international identifiers of audio-visual works.
What business models does it encompass?
This profile covers various forms of distribution of videos (such as video streaming, catch-up TV and downloads) that are available under various commercial models (such as advertisement-supported models, pay as you go or subscriptions).
How is a report structured?
The profile is provided in two variants. The default variant is the Multi-Record Block Variant (MRBV) where usage and/or revenues are reported using the following way:Usage and/or revenues are reported using the following way:
- A header that contains general information such as information about the sender and receiver. The header is common to all flat-file DSR formats.
- A summary for each sales/usage context.
This new and powerful concept enables a licensee to report as many contexts he needs in a single report. For instance, a licensee that would like to report five commercial offers in Europe (31 territories) would need to report 5*31 contexts – leading to 155 summary records. In the main body of the sales/usage report in the report, each sales record will only need to point to a summary line instead of repeating the context information.
The type of the summary record to be used depends on the use type.
- Blocks of detailed sales/usage information.
Each block contains all information pertaining to a sold/used release and needed for sales/usage processing: documentation data (release data, list of resources that are part of the release) and sales/usage data.
“Cue” lines related to a single resource include details of creations used in the video resource (including images, musical works, audio-visual works).
The “sub release” records enable avoiding the repetition of the same data when just part of the described release is utilised (e.g.: a single resource in a release).
Finally, the sales/usage Records relating to a release or a sub-release provides sales/usage information pertaining to a single context (e.g.: sales related to a specific commercial offer in a specific territory).
- A footer that contains information about the sales/usage report such as the number of records that are included. The header is common to all flat-file DSR formats.
DDEX has also defined a Single-Record Block Variant (SRBV) where usage and/or revenues are reported using the following way:
- A SRBV-specific header;
- A set of summary records;
- A set of records where each record contains Work, Resource, Release and usage information; and
- A SRBV-specific footer.