Links between Resources and Musical Works (LRAW)

Links between Resources and Musical Works (LRAW) was developed to provide a mechanism for companies that have established the identity of the Musical Work or Works embodied in a Sound Recording or Video recording and enable them to inform their business partners of this fact. The message can also be used to communicate the fact that the Musical Work (or Works) identified in the message is not embodied in the Sound Recording or Video recording identified in the message. The standard also allows companies to forward such information when they have received such information from third parties and for companies to ask other companies for such links.

When communicating a link it is neither mandatory for the Sound Recording(s) to be identified by an ISRC nor for the Musical Work(s) to be identified by an ISWC.

The current version of LRAW to be published is LRAW 1.1.

The text of the LRAW standard can be found here.

Remember, at least before going live with an implementation, you will need to take out a DDEX Implementation Licence. Information about the Implementation Licence can be found here and the application form is available here.

General explanation of LRAW

This section provides a general explanation of the LRAW standard and a link to the LRAW data dictionary.

Detailed implementation guidance and best practice for LRAW

This section provides access to articles under different subject headings, about LRAW. This section of the knowledge base is searchable.