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DDEX's works standards provide a suite of messages that give a uniform mechanism to enable companies to exchange information on ownership of musical works embedded in Releases, and to request and to be granted licences for using the such musical works that are embedded in Releases. The works notification and licensing standards are typically used by DSPs and/or record companies to request information on right share ownership and to licences work from music rights societies and/or music publishers, and for such societies and publishers to provide information, licences and/or licence rejections.
DDEX has also defined how to physically exchange such licence requests and grants, alongside supporting documentation, for the licensing of physical products in Canada.

Before starting an implementation, DDEX recommends to read Starting an Implementation and Licensing DDEX Standards

Exchanging Right Share Information

The process for a record company or DSP to inquire, from a music publisher or music rights society, information about who owns which work (and how much) is done with two messages defined in the Musical Work Notificaiton Message Suite and Choreography Standard.

A quick overview of how this is done is provided here.

Licensing Musical Work


Essential Reading (Works Notification)

Contact DDEX

If you have a question or suggestion or if you are experiencing problems with your implementation, please feel free to contact the DDEX Secretariat; we may be able to help.


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