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This section of the Knowledge Base is aimed at explaining how to implement catalogue transfers to technical implementers as well as operational personnel.

Before starting an implementation, DDEX recommends to read Starting an Implementation and Licensing DDEX Standards.

The process of transferring catalogues of releases from one record company to another is, today, very inefficient. Catalogue transfers regularly lead to the releases becoming unavailable to consumers on DSPs’ services, even if only for a short period of time. In addition, consumer-generated data such as playlists or comments are often lost alongside long-term usage information. As a consequence, catalogue transfers, today, are causing a non-trivial amount of administrative work for all companies involved.

In 2021, DDEX published a best practice document to improve the catalogue transfer process. These best practices can be followed to streamline the manual intervention required to complete all kinds of catalogue transfers. The best practices for catalogue transfer can be found at https://kb.ddex.net/display/BPfCT10.

The 2022 standard, Transfer of Catalogues of Releases and Resources by Reassignment of Rights Controller Information,  augments these best practices but is limited to one specific type of catalogue transfer that happens between just three parties, namely, a relinquishing record company, an acquiring record company and a DSP. The process is sometimes known as “lift and shift”. This standard in its current iteration does not seek to support catalogue transfers that involve distributors. The DDEX standard for catalogue transfer can be found at https://kb.ddex.net/display/CT10.

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Catalogue Transfer Standard

Catalogue Transfer Best Practices

Before starting an implementation, DDEX recommends to read Starting an Implementation and Licensing DDEX Standards.

Essential Reading

Terms used in the above standards

 The DDEX Data Dictionary ...
General Index

The general index contains all terms used in the latest AVS (Version 2) as well as all terms from RIN 2.0, MEAD 1.1, PIE 1.0 and RDR-N 1.5. Other standards will be added over time. Clicking on an entry in the general index will take you to the relevant edition of the DDEX Data Dictionary.

Message Editions

... for the Electronic Release Notification (ERN 4.3)

... for the Transfer of Catalogues of Releases and Resources by Reassignment of Rights Controller Information (CT 1.0)

... for Recording Information Notification (RIN 2.0)

... for Media Enrichment and Description (MEAD 1.1)

... for Party Identification and Enrichment (PIE 1.0)

... for the Recording Data and Rights Notification Standard (RDR-N, Version 1.5).

Allowed Value Set Editions

... for the Allowed Value Sets (Version 3)

... for the Allowed Value Sets (Version 2)

... for the Allowed Value Sets (Version 1)

Data Dictionary editions published before 2022

... for the Recording Data and Rights Choreography Standard (RDR-C, Version 1.0): Message Structure and AVSs

... for the US Letters of Direction Choreography Standard (LoD, Version 1.0): Message Structure and AVSs

... for the Electronic Release Notification Message Suite Standard (ERN, Version 4.2): Message Structure and AVSs

... for the US Musical Work Licensing Choreography Standard (MWL, Version 1.0): Message Structure and AVSs

... for the Standard for the Communication of Media Enrichment and Description Information (MEAD): Message Structure and AVSs

... for the Musical Work Right Share Notification Choreography Standard (MWN, Version 1.1)

... for the Standard for communicating links between Resources and Musical Works (Version 1.1)

... for the Recording Data and Rights Standard (Version 1.4)

... for Release Deliveries using SFTP or Web Service (Version 1.7)

... for the Recording Information Notification (Version 1.1)

... for Work and Share Notifications

... for Works Licensing

Contact DDEX

If you have a question or suggestion or if you are experiencing problems with your implementation, please feel free to contact the DDEX Secretariat; we may be able to help.

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