What is an ISRC Code?

(July 18, 2011) ISRC stands for International Standard Recording Code.

This code is a twelve digit international identifier for sound and music video recordings. Many in the industry refer to it as the digital “fingerprint” for each track. Once an ISRC has been assigned to a track, it follows the track regardless of ownership change. It is an awesome tool for royalty collection, administration and anti-piracy safeguards in the digital arena.

The ISRC is made of four parts.

(1) Country Code

(2) Registrant Code

(3) Year of Reference

(4) A Code Assigned by the Registrant

The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) is the National ISRC Administration for the United States. If you are a record label, studio, or wish to be an ISRC registrant manager, you may contact the RIAA to find out how to apply for your registrant code. If you don’t want the responsibility of administering a registrant code, there are ISRC managers that are authorized by the RIAA to offer ISRC codes for purchase. CDBaby.com, Postionmenow.com and INgrooves are just a few ISRC managers in the United States.

As the independent producer, record label or studio owner are able to go head-to-head with the major record labels and studios; it is important that they use the tools of the majors and position themselves for major success.

--Contributed by Angela D. Green, Esq.

The articles and/or legal tips provided by Angela Green, Esq. are for informational purposes only, concerning general legal principles. You should consult your legal counsel for answers to specific legal questions.
Angela Green is an entertainment attorney in Memphis, Tennessee and also part owner of Key II Entertainment which is an artist management company. She is also founder and CEO of music publishing and registration service Positioned for Millions.

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