Who is RIN for?

Whilst studio software manufacturers (such as those that develop Digital Audio Workstations), supply chain specialists (such as distributors, record companies and publishers) and consumer facing service providers and DSPs are responsible for implementing RIN at a technical level, many parties across the industry will encounter and use RIN at a practical level through the use of software implementing RIN.

  • For Songwriters, Performers, Engineers and other creative talents, RIN facilitates the process of being recognised and correctly credited for their contributions to the musical work and/or recording, which can then facilitate accurate and prompt payments for their efforts;

  • Consumers will be able to use these credits to enhance their listening experience as well as aiding their discovery of new music. This is acheived through the ability to better link to additional recordings that feature shared credited writers, performers or other contributors, resulting in greater exposure and monetisation for these individuals;

  • For Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) manufacturers, RIN provides a standardised method of importing and exporting recording metadata within the DAW application itself, or with the deployment of plug-in software. Rather than building their own metadata set, trapping the information in proprietary systems with no or limited interoperability, DAW manufacturers can now adopt RIN as the standard for their software application’s collection of metadata. This thus greatly enhances their users’ ability to share not only the recordings but also the associated recording information;

  • For Record Companies and Distributors, RIN simplifies the process of receiving accurate information from “the studio” and crediting the proper contributors to a recording. RIN can eliminate the need for redundant data entry as the data can be easily mapped and ingested into existing record company and distributor systems. Data collected from RIN can also be readily used to support the creation of label copy for releases;

  • For Music Publishers, RIN makes a major contribution to ensuring that copyright owners are properly identified and can be paid appropriately by providing a basis for the availability of better information. This facilitates the accurate distribution of payments, along with proper crediting for future releases;

  • For Authors’ Societies, Music Licensing Companies, as well as other collective management organisations, RIN supports the collection and dissemination of a more comprehensive metadata set earlier in the production process. This enables the identification of contributors to a musical work and/or sound recording much earlier in the life-cycle of the musical work or sound recording. This will support the efficient distribution of remunerations to the correct recipients;

  • For Digital Service Providers (DSPs) standardisation of metadata received is paramount and RIN provides a structure for the initial capture of the data at the start of the data supply chain, ultimately resulting in the availability of more information to DSPs. The wide availability of this information in a structured form will allow for the enhancement of discovery tools employed by music services, and third parties. This provides the opportunity to display more relevant information to the consumer, that will in turn drive engagement and retention. Furthermore, broader data will assist with the development of music services and their interfaces, such as aiding search and discovery and powering the capabilities of voice activated systems. Accurate information about musical works and sound recordings will also aid DSPs in reporting music usages to rights holders, making appropriate royalty payments and obtaining licences to monetise musical creations.; and

  • For Memory Institutions (libraries, archives etc.) RIN provides a documented format that will allow participation and location information to be preserved for future study by historians and musicologists. The RIN information may be sealed for a period of time for later public release but this will provide a goldmine of information not currently available at all.