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Editorial Comment
This WD has been created based on input re made in/after Seattle and Toronto. Changes are marked in red in these Clauses 2.3, 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3.

1 Introduction

This standard was developed by the member organisations of the Digital Data Exchange, LLC (DDEX) and provides a message that gives a uniform mechanism to enable Licensees (typically Digital Service Providers) to report to Rights Controllers (typically Music Rights Societies, Music Publishers, Music Licensing Companies and/or Record Companies) information regarding the level of usage and/or revenue generated from the distribution of such products, as well as sales of products based on Releases, to the relevant Rights Controllers.

This Profile of version 3.0 of the Flat File Variant has been developed in response to concerns regarding the file size and computational complexity of the XML Variant, and will lead to reduced implementation and running cost for Licensees and Licensors for user-generated content where the Message Sender either has, or has not, received a claim for a sound recording from the owner of that sound recording (the “master” Recording).

Any organisation wishing to implement this (or any other DDEX standard) is required to apply for an Implementation Licence. The terms of the licence and an application form can be found on https://ddex.net/implementation/implementation-licence-and-ddex-party-identifiers.

Essential Reading

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This standard is Part 4 of a multi-part standard. The other parts (incl. samples) are available here.

 

 

2 Scope

 2.1 Introduction
The message defined in this Part provides a mechanism for Licensees (typically Digital Service Providers) to report to Rights Controllers (typically Music Rights Societies, Music Licensing Companies, Music Publishers and/or Record Companies) User-Generated Content (UGC) Usages, Revenues or Sales.
 2.2 Organisation of the Standard
This standard comprises six clauses and one annex. Clauses 1-4 provide the scope, abbreviations and core definitions used in this standard. Clause 5  then defines the UGC profile.

Finally Annexes A provides some examples.

 2.3 Release Notes (Informative)
Version 3 of the Flat File Variant of the Digital Sales Reporting Message Suite Standard utilities a fundamentally different architecture than Version 2. This new architecture allows more Profiles to be supported than was possible in Version 2. Part 4 of this standard supports communicating sales and usages for UGC services.

Version 1.1 of the UGC Profile provides a series of minor updates to some record types and replaces the use of SY03 with SY04 and SY05.

Version 1.1.1 of the UGC Profile corrects a bug in the LI01 record.

Version 1.2 of the UGC Profile makes use of updated SY04, SY05, AS01, AS02, MW01, SU03 and LI01 records that support additional business requirements.

3 Normative References

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The following normative documents contain provisions, which through reference in this text constitute provisions of this standard. For dated references, subsequent amendments to, or revisions of, any of these publications do not apply. For undated references, the latest version applies.

  • DDEX. Digital Sales Reporting Message Suite Standard - Part 1: Architecture of the Flat File Variant.
  • DDEX. Digital Sales Reporting Message Suite Standard - Part 2: Allowed Value Sets.
  • DDEX. Digital Sales Reporting Message Suite Standard - Part 8: Record Type Definitions.

4 Terms and Abbreviations

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The terms and abbreviations used in Digital Sales Reporting Message Suite Standard – Part 1: Architecture of the Flat File Variant. also apply to this Standard.

5 UGC profile

 5.1 Introduction
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Annex A (informative) Examples

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Published alongside this standard are a series of Examples in the form of an Excel workbook. To transform them into Sales Report messages in accordance with this standard, the individual tabs of the spreadsheet can be saved as a tab-delimited file

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