What is the aim of Basic Audio Profile?
The aim of the Basic Audio Profile is to enable licensees to report to Rights controllers information regarding the level of usage and/or revenue generated from the distribution of Music.
What business models does it encompass?
This music-centric format encompass the various forms of distribution of music that are combined in a commercial offer. The different use types are:
- Download: permanent download, tethered download;
- Streaming: On-demand stream, time-influenced stream, content-influenced stream; and
- Music used as ringtone or as ring-back tone.
How is a report built?
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:
- A header that contains general information such as information about the sender and receiver. The header is common to all MRBV 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 (SU01) or (SU02) to be used depends on the use type.
- Blocks of detailed sales/usage information.
These blocks are the body of the report. Each block contains all information to process it: Information about the Release, Resource and Work that has been used as well as the relevant sales usage aspects.
This new concept avoids for the receiver to store first all documentation and then process sales lines as it was the case with the previous XML version. Moreover, DDEX developed a notion of "sub-release" to avoid the repetition of the same documentation again and again when just part of a release is sold (e.g.: a single resource in a release …).
Each sales lines points to a summary line, providing sales information for a release or sub-release in a single context (e.g.: the sales for this commercial offer in this territory).
The block can be reported at release level or resource level, depending on the business model.
- 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 MRBV 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.