MLCs manage data relating to the administration of the rights in the recordings which are owned by their members. More specifically, MLCs administer rights in what are known as eligible recordings. This includes recordings originating from their territory (local recordings) and those that originate from territories where the recordings are subject to copyright protection similar to that of the local territory (non-local recordings).
In order to do this, MLCs have to manage comprehensive data on local and non-local recordings. Many MLCs also administer the rights of performers in respect of the recordings to which they have contributed and the data relating thereto. The volume and intricacy of performer data is usually more complex than that associated with sound recordings.
The data includes:
- Core repertoire data (including the name of the recording and artist);
- Data about the performers on the recording;
- Data about rights and eligibility;
- Data that will help to accurately identify the usage of the recordings; and
Data for local repertoire is sourced locally, while non-local data is sourced from international companies and from MLCs in other countries. In order to efficiently and accurately exchange the required data, a commonly used standard is required. The DDEX MLC Message Suite Standard is this standard.