New York, NY (October 24, 2019)—IFPI and the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) have announced the Repertoire Data Exchange (RDx), a centralized industry data exchange service enabling record companies and music licensing companies (MLCs) — which collectively manage recording rights — to submit and access authoritative recording data via a single point.
RDx is the result of a collaboration between a broad group of industry stakeholders led jointly by IFPI and WIN. The launch phase of RDx will receive technical support from a group of record companies (Beggars Group, PIAS, Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, and The state51 Music Group/CI) and MLCs (PPL, Re:Sound, SENA and Gramex Finland). The roll-out of RDx to all rights holders and MLCs is expected to start in 2020.
Record companies have historically used a variety of data delivery processes to supply content to individual MLCs around the world, presenting challenges in the supply of recording data. RDx will offer recording right holders of all sizes, from all countries, a single registration point to supply their repertoire data in a standardized format (DDEX MLC) that can be quickly and easily accessed by all MLCs, leading to improvements in data quality. This will help to improve the timeliness, accuracy and efficiency of MLCs’ revenue distributions to right holders worldwide, according to the organizations.
IFPI, which promotes the interests of the international recording industry worldwide, and WIN, which supports the global community of independent music trade organizations, have selected PPL, the UK music industry’s collective management organization, to deliver and operate RDx.
“In recent years, we at PPL have invested significantly in our technology and data capabilities; as such, our leading role in the development of RDx is complementary to our existing operations,” says Peter Leathem, chief executive of PPL. “We are well placed to support IFPI and WIN to address the challenges of big data, drawing on our in-house experience in using DDEX, our relationships with music licensing companies around the world, and our expertise gained from managing huge volumes of recording data every week.”
IFPI • www.ifpi.org
WIN • www.winformusic.org
PPL • www.ppluk.com