This standard was developed by the member organisations of the Digital Data Exchange, LLC (DDEX) and provides a suite of messages that give a uniform mechanism for the exchange of sound recording, music video and related sales data between Music Licensing Companies. The exchange of such data between Music Licensing Companies (MLCs) is required to meet the requirements of bilateral agreements between the MLCs that administer the rights of independent producers and performers in several territories.
This standard defines the Main Profileof the Music Licensing Companies Message Suite Standard (MLC). DDEX may, over time, develop Business Profiles of this standard. Messages created in accordance with such Business Profiles are expected to be largely compatible with this Main Profile standard. 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://www.ddex.net/implementation/form.html.