|What Are ISRC Codes
CD MANUFACTURING, CD
MAY 11 2010
The ISRC (International
Standard Recording Code) is the international identification
system for sound recordings and music video recordings.
Each ISRC is a unique and
permanent identifier for a specific recording which can be
permanently encoded into a product as its digital
fingerprint. Encoded ISRC provide the means to automatically
identify recordings for royalty payments.
The ISRC system is the
key to royalty collection for recordings in the digital
information age. ISRC is a unique, reliable, international
identification system. ISRC provides a unique tool for the
purpose of rights administration. ISRC is a useful
identification tool in the electronic distribution of music.
ISRC coding is compatible with standards developed in the
field of consumer electronics and is readable by hardware
already used in the recording industry.
ISRC is cost effective -
it can be put into operation without requiring special
investment in equipment or technologies. The ISRC consists
of twelve characters:
Country (2 characters)
Registrant (3 characters)
Year of reference (2
Designation (5 digits).
four elements should be separated by hyphens and the letters
ISRC should always precede an ISRC code.
The code elements appear
in the following order:
represented by two letters eg (CA) which identifies the
country of residence of the registrant at the time the ISRC
represented by three digits eg (AA2) assigned in sequence
from the AVLA database that are unique for each record
label/master owner. This code does not change if ownership
of the recording changes or if licensed to another
Year of Reference:
represented by two numbers eg (08) identifies the year in
which the ISRC is allocated to the recording which will
usually be the year in which the full mastering process for
the recording is finalized.
five digits assigned by the producer/owner as they choose eg
Where To Get
ISRC Codes in Canada
information, frequently asked questions and to register for
your own ISRC Codes please visit the
Licensing Agency Inc. is a non-exclusive agency that
provides licences on behalf of record companies and
producers for the purpose of broadcasting or duplicating
audio and video recordings in Canada.
Codes to your Songs
At CDwest.ca we can
assist you with adding your ISRC Codes to your songs but an
extra fee is involved for the time and materials.