Part 5: Audio-visual profile

The purpose of the Audio-visual profile is to enable licensees (typically digital service providers) to report to licensors (typically audio-visual rights societies) information regarding the level of sales/usage generated from the distribution of audio-visual releases (excluding music videos). The current Part 5 is in version 1.2, the text of which is available here.

What business models does it cover?

This profile covers various forms of distribution of audio-visual releases including:

  • Video streaming;

  • Catch-up TV; and

  • Downloads

 These may be available under various commercial models covered by the profile, including:

  • Advertising-supported;

  • Pay as you go; and

  • Subscriptions

The Audio-visual profile also supports the communication of other non-musical rights such as rights in literary and graphical works presented to users via websites.

The Audio-visual profile is available as an MRBV. The MRBV is the recommended default variant to implement.

How is an MRBV report structured?

The MRBV of the Audio-visual profile has the following structure:

  • A header that contains general information such as the names of the sender and recipient of the message. The header is the same for all DSR profiles in both the MRBV and SRBV configurations;

  • A summary record for each sales context, which provides the parameters of the sales context, as well as summary information that allows the licensee to get an overview of the content of the sales/usage report;

  • Blocks of detailed information about what audio-visual recordings have been used and the sales/usage information relating to them;

    • Each block contains all information that is needed to process the sales/usage of a particular release, resource and the musical work contained in them, once the block has been ingested without having to ingest the whole message first;

    • “Cue” lines related to a single resource include details of creations used in the video resource (including images, musical works, audio-visual works); and

    • Each sales/usage line points to a summary line detailing the sales context; and

  • A footer that contains check data about the individual report such as the number of records that are included. The footer is the same for all MRBV DSR profiles.

How is an SRBV report structured?

The SRBV of the Audio-visual profile has the following structure:

  • A DSR header;

  • A set of summary records;

  • A set of records containing the audio-visual releases, resources and sales/usage information related to them; and

  • A SRBV-specific footer.