US Musical Work Licensing Choreography Standard (MWL)

This standard enables record companies or DSPs to request licenses for musical works from music rights societies or music publishers and for such entities to provide licenses or license rejections back to the record company and/or DSP.

The most recent version of MWL to be published is MWL version 1.0.1.

The text of the MWL 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 MWL

This section provides information about the purpose and structure of the MWL messages.

Detailed implementation guidance and best practice

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

Current data dictionaries for MWL

Here are links for the data dictionaries for MWL.

Choreography for MWL messages

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

Sample snippets for MWL messages

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