Composition: Refers to an original piece of music, the structure of a musical piece, or the process of creating a new piece of music. Composition owners usually include the songwriters or producers who created the underlying composition of the Master Recording.
Easy Clear Music: Music can be cleared by contacting no more than three people. You, along with two or three others, are the only rights-holders for the master and composition of the track.
IPI Number: An Interested Parties Information (IPI) number is a nine-digit number used to uniquely identify a songwriter or publisher. IPI numbers are also referred to as CAE numbers. The IPI database replaced the CAE database as the industry standard in 2001, but the two are often used interchangeably. Rights-holders are assigned IPI numbers when they’re granted membership to a PRO. You can find the IPI of an affiliated songwriter or publisher by performing a repertory search at a PRO such as ASCAP or BMI. Your IPI number is not the same as your ASCAP member ID or BMI account number.
ISRC Code: An International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) is a 12-character alphanumeric code used to identify a unique sound recording. One song can have multiple ISRCs if the song has been recorded, remixed, or edited more than once. Publishers, collection societies, and music services use ISRCs to match master recordings to underlying compositions. ISRCs are typically assigned by labels or distributors. An ISRC looks like this: US-S1Z-99-00001.
ISWC Code: An International Standard Work Code (ISWC) is an 11-character alphanumeric code used to identify a unique musical work. A song only has one ISWC, but arrangements, adaptations, and translations should receive their own unique ISWCs. ISWCs are issued by collection societies when works are registered with them. An ISWC looks like this: T-123.456.789-Z.
Master Recording: A master recording is the official original recording of a song, sound or performance. Also referred to as “masters”, it is the source from which all the later copies are made. Master owners usually refer to the label or independent artist who finances or pays for the recording.
One-Stop Music: Music that can be cleared by contacting one person. You are the sole rights-holder for the master and composition/publishing of the track.
PRO (Performing Rights Organizations): A performance rights organization (PRO), also known as a performing rights society, is responsible for collecting income on behalf of songwriters and music publishers when a song is publicly broadcast. Public performances can include play on television or radio, in clubs and restaurants, on websites, or on other broadcasting systems. PROs collect fees from these establishments which they then pay to their registered songwriters.
Sample & Interpolation: A sample is a piece of an original recording reused in another new recording. When you sample something, you are using a portion of an original recording and adding that portion into a new recording / musical work.
Interpolation refers to when a portion of the music is recreated/replayed in a new recording and meant to sound exactly the same as the original recording. Rather than copying a snippet from a recording, you are replaying and re-recording the underlying composition into a new recording.