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DDEX Flat-file Sales Usage Reporting Standard

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Samples for the current version of the DSRF Standard (Excel and TSV).

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What is the aim of the Audio-visual Profile?

The aim of the Audio-visual Profile is to enable licensees (typically digital service providers) to report to rights controllers (typically audio-visual rights societies) information regarding the level of usage and/or revenue generated from the distribution of audiovisual recordings (excluding musical videos).

Dedicated fields are available for international identifiers of audio-visual works.

What business models does it encompass?

This profile covers  various forms of distribution of videos (such as video streaming, catch-up TV and downloads) that are available under various commercial models (such as advertisement-supported models, pay as you go or subscriptions).

How is a report structured?

Usage and/or revenues are reported using the following way:

  • A header that contains general information such as information about the sender and receiver. The header is common to all flat-file DSR formats.
  • A summary for each sales/usage context.
    This new and powerful concept enables a licensee to report as many contexts he needs in a single report. For instance, a licensee that would like to report five commercial offers in Europe (31 territories) would need to report 5*31 contexts – leading to 155 summary records. In the main body of the sales/usage report in the report, each sales record will only need to point to a summary line instead of repeating the context information.
    The type of the summary record to be used depends on the use type.

  • Blocks of detailed sales/usage information.
    Each block contains all information pertaining to a sold/used release and needed for sales/usage processing: documentation data (release data, list of resources that are part of the release) and sales/usage data.
    “Cue” lines related to a single resource include details of creations used in the video resource (including images, musical works, audio-visual works).
    The “sub release” records enable avoiding the repetition of the same data when just part of the described release is utilised (e.g.: a single resource in a release).
    Finally, the sales/usage Records relating to a release or a sub-release provides sales/usage information pertaining to a single context (e.g.: sales related to a specific commercial offer in a specific territory).

  • A footer that contains information about the sales/usage report such as the number of records that are included. The header is common to all flat-file DSR formats.