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International Standard Recording Code (ISRC)

(international standard) The internationally recognized standard code system used to identify sound and audio-visual recordings and individual tracks on compact disks (CDs), music videos and other media, primarily to ensure royalty payments. The ISRC is contained in the subcode (Q-channel) and is unique to each track of the recording. Note that the ISRC identifies the track and not the physical product. Each ISRC is comprised of 12 characters as follows: 2 characters to identify the country of residence of the registrant of the recording (such as FR for France); 3 characters or digits to identify the first owner (as allocated by Phonographic Performance Ltd. for audio); 2 digits to identify the year of recording (represented as the last two digits of the year); and a 5 digit Designation Code assigned by the first owner. The ISRC was developed by the International Standards Organization (ISO) in 1986 and is also known as ISO 3901.
U.S. Contact: RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America); 1025 F ST NW, 10th Floor; Washington, D.C. 20004; Tel: [1] (202) 775-0101; Web: www.riaa.com.

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