Musical Work Right Share Notification Standard (MWN)

This standard enables, typically, record companies or DSPs (frequently known as the Licensee) to request information on rights share ownership claims relating to musical works embedded in Releases, usually from music rights societies or music publishers (frequently known as the Licensor)  and for those entities to provide rights share ownership claims back to the record company or DSP.

The most recent version of MWN to be published is MWN version 1.1. (Note: Version 1.2 of the Musical Work Notification Choreography Standard has been retracted by DDEX as a survey of the market has indicated that companies are waiting for Version 1.3, which the relevant working group is already working on and which will incorporate the updates that were part of Version 1.2.)

The text of the MWN 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 MWN

This section contains information about the purpose and structure of the MWN messages and a description of the relationship between MWN and CISAC’s CWR standard. This section also discussed the MWN hub profile.

MWN business benefits

This section provides a quick overview of the benefits of implementing and using MWN.

Detailed implementation guidance and best practice

This section provides access to a large range of articles under different subject headings, about all aspects of MWN. This section of the knowledge base is searchable.

Current data dictionaries for MWN

Here are links for the data dictionaries for MWN.

Choreography of MWN messages

This section provides an explanation of the choreography associated with MWN.

Sample snippets for MWN

These sample snippets of parts of the MWN messages provide further support in understanding how MWN messages should be constructed.

Past versions of MWN

Gain access to the most recent past version of MWN. There is also information about how to access even earlier versions of MWN. However, DDEX strongly advises that you implement MWN 1.2.1 wherever possible.