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ISRC Codes - An Overview

ISRC Codes - An Overview

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WHAT IS AN ISRC CODE
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We will define what anISRC code is anbreakdown thedifferent parts of thecode.
HOW ARE THEY USED
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We will explain howISRC codes areutilized in the unitedstates by retailersand companies.
HOW DO I OBTAIN ONE
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We will walk youthrough theregistration processin required order toget your own ISRCcodes for yourproducts.
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An Overview
ISRC CODES ARE USED BY DIGITAL RETAILERS...
Digital Retailers use ISRC codes as identifiers for tracks on sound recordings. These codes allow them to accessinformation about each track on a release, acting as a digital fingerprint for that song.
ISRC stands for International Standard Recording Code(for some reason many people refer to these as “ISRCcodes” despite the redundancy). These codes are imbeddedon each individual track of a release. Digital Retailers anddigital music companies use these codes to accessinformation associated with each track. The ISRC code ismuch like a UPC barcode in that it is a 12 digit code, and itis broken into four parts. You can use these codes to trackinformation regarding royalty collection and sales. One of themost interesting things about an ISRC code is that it is notchanged with the exchange of ownership. The ISRC codewill stay with the track through it’s existence in the digitalrealm.
Here is an example of an ISRCcode as issued by the RIAA (Recording Industry Associationof America). The IFPI(International Federation of thePhonographic Industry) has beendesignated as the authority overthe registration and obtainmentof ISRC Codes worldwide, and hasdelegated that responsibility inthe US to the RIAA.
 
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ISRC ANATOMY
Just like UPC Barcodes, ISRC codes are broken down into four main parts. These parts help toidentify each individual track. Let’s take a look at the different sections of an ISRC code.
COuntry CODE
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 The first two “characters” are actually letters. As you can probably tell, these two letters identifythe country where the SRCO (sound recording copyright owner) resides. Each country has aspecific two-letter code assigned to them. (obviously the code for the United States is “US”).
Registrant CODE
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 The next three “characters” are the registrant code. This is a unique identifier issued to eachregistrant. When you register with the US-ISRC, they will provide you with your own uniqueregistrant code, which will be used of
 ALL
tracks you own.
Year of Reference Code
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The “year of reference” section of the ISRC code is a two digit code that references the yearthat the ISRC was applied to the recording.
TRACK Identifier Code
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The last 5 digits of the ISRC code are the track code. This code is generated by the registrantand is a unique number to identify each track in the registrant’s catalog. This code cannot be re-used after it is assigned to a track until one year has passed.

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