AGEDI Activities

Main activity

AGEDI’s main activity is the collective management of intellectual property rights granted to music producers, for the use or exploitation that a large range of companies make of thousands of phonograms and music videos, both national and international.

AGEDI received authorisation to manage the following intellectual property rights:

  • The public communication of phonograms and music videos
  • The reproduction of phonograms and music videos for their public communication
  • The private copying fair compensation of phonograms and music videos

AGEDI’S MANAGEMENT SCOPE

Territorial scope refers to Spain, except for simulcasting, webcasting and podcasting, that reaches all countries signatories of reciprocal agreements.

AGEDI brings together the producers of phonograms and music videos, which constitute the subjective scope of its management:

  • The producer of phonograms and/or music videos, in the sense of the IP Law that, besides, commercialises them.
  • The editor of phonograms and/or music videos (that holds the reproduction and distribution rights upon assignment of the producer).

OBJECT AND PURPOSES

According to the Letters of Association, besides the collective management of certain rights of phonograms and music videos producers, its purposes are the following:

  • The professional representation of its members.
  • The defence and promotion of phonogram producers rights.
  • The collaboration with private and public entities and authorities in activities aimed at the implementation or amendment of IP law.
  • To enter into representation agreements with national and international bodies for the management and collection of such rights.
  • To carry out promotional activities for the benefit of authors and artists, and welfare activities for the benefit of its members.
  • The exercise of legal actions in defence of the phonograms’ producers and the claim of damages in their favour.
  • The dissemination and promotion of music.

Besides, AGEDI manages the rights of its members abroad by means of reciprocal agreements signed with collecting societies in different countries, when members wish AGEDI to carry out such management.

RitmoGestión

RitmoGestión RitmoGestión is a project aimed at the industry’s SMEs that means the implementation of Electronic Business Solutions for the management of the repertoire, rights and music production.

Its general purpose is to improve productivity and competition of members through the introduction of information and communications technologies into their business processes. Besides, it plays a key role in order to simplify the sending of information on members’ repertoire both for including it into BDR and for facilitating the preparation of Sales and Streaming Charts.

This project is supported by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce, which granted public funds for its performance within the Plan Avanza for SMEs.

Repertoire Database (BDR)

One of the most relevant activities deployed by AGEDI during the last years for the benefit of managed rights’ owners is related to the implementation of significant changes in the distribution systems, so that the focus of such distribution systems is each one of the tracks which rights belong to member companies.

To that purpose, the Repertoire Database (BDR) has been developed and a lot of efforts have been made to design and implement the web environment and the communication protocols with different involved or interested parties, from the collecting society to members, users and other countries’ collecting societies. The ingest of metadata of tracks from AGEDI music producers’ repertoire, phonograms and music videos, continues at a good rate, and it is already being used as the register of songs to assign ownership to tracks for the distribution of managed rights.

Regarding this project, it is to be highlighted the participation of AGEDI together with a reduced number of other companies and industry associations in the definition and development of international standards for the data exchange in the digital environment, DDEX (Digital Data Exchange, www.ddex.net), international body from which AGEDI is partner.

ISRC

The ISRC (International Standard Recording Code) is an international standard code created by recording industry to fulfil the need to identify sound recordings and music videos. IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry) is the international ISRC agency, it coordinates this codification system and appoints national agencies in different territories. AGEDI is the National Agency for ISRC in Spain.

IFPI recommends all phonogram producers to adopt ISRC as an international instrument to identify sound recordings and music videos.

Click to visit ISRC official website

The Registrant Entity has the following obligations regarding the ISRC management system:

  • The Registrant Entity is responsible for assigning the Designation Code.
  • Registrants can only assign ISRC codes once issued with a Registrant Code from the National ISRC Agency for their territory.

Among its obligations are the following:

  • Ensure the uniqueness of ISRC codes.
  • Keep a register of all ISRC Codes that have been assigned and their related details in a relevant database.
  • Include ISRC in all relevant documents concerning the rights in a recording and their licensing.
  • Ensure that a competent person is responsible for the assignment of ISRC and the application of the pertinent regulations to their respect.
  • Keep a permanent contact with National Agency and provide them the ISRC codes that have been assigned when requested.

Benefits of using ISRC

  • It allows for an effective exchange of information regarding ownership and use of sound recordings and music videos and also to trace ownership changes along the life of a recording.
  • It simplifies the management of rights associated to sound recordings and music videos, as it is a single and worldwide accepted identification system.
  • ISRC is more and more present in electronic and digital rights management systems.
  • It provides to potential users of sound recordings and music easy access to the information on the current rights owner. In this regard, the premise is to get a broad usage among phonographic producers, music licensing companies, broadcasting organizations, libraries, etc.
  • It is a cost-efficient encoding system, as it can be implemented without the need for a special investment in equipment. It only requires a structure capable of managing the ISRC administration within the organization.

Structure of the ISRC

The ISRC consists of twelve characters representing:

  • Country code (2 characters)
  • Registrant Code (3 characters)
  • Year of Reference (2 digits)
  • Designation Code (5 digits)

For visual presentation the code is divided into four elements separated by hyphens and the letters ISRC should always precede an ISRC code, as in the example below:

ISRC ES-000-07-00001

Despite the separation of the code into elements, what really identifies a recording or music video is the full 12 characters. It is important to highlight that ISRC identifies the sound recordings and music videos, and not the carriers containing them, so a specific recording that is available is different carriers (cassette, CD, DVD, vinyl, etc.) shall have the same ISRC Code in all formats.


How do I get ISRC?

For Spain, AGEDI is the National Agency for ISRC and responsible for issuing ISRC Registrant Code or Company Code.

There are several ways to obtain an ISRC Registrant Code:

  • As an AGEDI member company. All member companies of AGEDI are automatically issued an ISRC. If you wish to become a member company of AGEDI, go to section Become a member.
  • If you don’t wish to become a member of AGEDI but you need an ISRC Registrant Code, you can obtain one as Participant in the ISRC system. In this case, you must settle the relevant management costs (*).
  • There is a third way available for independent artists and small labels that consists in hiring the services of an Agent for ISRC, that shall deal with the assignment of full ISRC codes for your recordings.

If you wish to apply for an ISRC Code or need more information on the modalities with Agents for ISRC, please contact by email with our ISRC Department.

In all cases, the phonographic producer wishing to obtain an ISRC Registrant Code must apply to AGEDI and provide proof of being a legitimate producer through the relevant documentation.

(*) Current management costs to obtain an ISRC Registrant Code as Participant are set at 130€ (VAT not included).

Sales and radio Charts

AGEDI compiles, together with PROMUSICAE, sales of albums and singles and radio charts, in collaboration with independent companies such as Media Control Gfk and BMAT.

Weekly charts are available online at PROMUSICAE and El Portal de Música.

Last Yearly Charts are available here:

Weekly Charts

Fraud Prevention

The significant incidence of piracy and other infringements and crimes linked to the music industry are subject of investigation and monitoring by the Department of Security, Investigation and Fraud Prevention. This Department has specialised human and technical resources to fight against this kind of intellectual property rights infringements, and coordinates with different State Enforcement Agencies and the Tax Agency, also giving support to judicial bodies (Courts and Public Prosecutor’s Office) in all those relevant civil and criminal proceedings.

Within the efforts carried out in this area, digital piracy undoubtedly focusses the attention of the Department. To this purpose, and taking advantage of the good relation and collaboration with IFPI, shared tools and strategies are used that allow to face the problem of Internet and new technologies piracy. These works mainly focus on:

  1. PREVENTION:
  • Collaboration in security matters with record companies.
  • Control and monitoring of national and international pre-releases.
  • Information and reports for record companies.
  1. COORDINATION AND COLLABORATION WITH PROMUSICAE:
  • Programming search automation systems, update of applications and tools.
  • Information on common targets, disabling of illegal offer, blocking payment means, etc.
  • Collaboration with other IFPI national groups, especially in Latin America.
  1. INVESTIGATION:
  • Identification and investigation of webs with illegal offer of content and social networks.
  • Identification and investigation of uploaders.
  • Obtaining electronic evidences and preparing files and complaint in civil and criminal proceedings.
  • Selection of targets, preparing electronic evidences to file complaints before the Intellectual Property Commission (Ministry of Culture) in application of Law on Sustainable Economy (Sinde-Wert Law).
  • Collaboration with OCR (AGEDI-AIE) in matter of verification of the online legal offer regarding business models linked to public communication under collective licences.
  1. STATISTICS AND REPORTS:
  • Preparing databases with targets and results.
  • Presenting results to member companies.

Besides the above, the Department supports other AGEDI areas regarding investigation and control of different modalities of collective exploitation of music, in particular when used in entertainment premises, catering and any other sectors that need AGEDI’s licence; and as well by checking the source and license of reproduction for public communication, necessary to perform the activity. It is to be highlighted the narrow collaboration of the Department with local police agencies in all those measures of control and inspection deriving from the enforcement of regulations in matter of intellectual property in that kind of businesses, not only by providing information on possible infringers but also with specialised training regarding intellectual property rights and the typology of infringements related to public communication, which have experienced a significant rise with the use of new technologies.

Being aware of the importance of training in the field of intellectual property rights, AGEDI has among its main purposes a training activity in the matter. During the last years, numerous training sessions have been offered along the national territory, with the attendance of thousands of members of enforcement agencies, the Tax Agency and members of the Judiciary.

In some cases, there is also the support of universities, national and regional police , Guardia Civil and Local police organisations. To that purpose, AGEDI has signed different MoUs with some of the referred organisations and institutions.