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MPG announces new standard for embedding ISRCs into WAVs

By | Published on Monday 28 January 2013


The UK’s Music Producers Guild has announced the launch of a new standard for the embedding of International Standard Recording Codes – the code used to uniquely identify any one sound recording – into WAV files.

It is hoped that the adoption of this standard, created in partnership with the European Broadcasting Union, will simplify the reporting of the use of tracks by broadcasters, and the distribution of broadcast royalties. The system would also ensure that ISRCs are carried through the digital aggregation process, and could power a global database containing credit information associated with a track, hopefully overcoming a digital music gripe particularly important to the producer and sound engineer community, shoddy crediting (which, arguably, is a violation of a creator’s moral rights in some copyright systems).

The MPG is planning a launch presentation to outline its new standard, and is calling on labels, rights administrators, artists and managers, broadcasters and industry trade groups to get behind the initiative. More when we get it.