5.) Register for an International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) for your songs. The ISRC is a unique international identifier for songs (tracks) on sound recordings. The ISRC functions as a digital "fingerprint" for each track. Unlike a Universal Product Code (UPC), the ISRC is tied to the track and not the carrier of the track (CD, cassette, etc). In addition, the ISRC remains allocated to a track regardless of changes in ownership. It is an extremely powerful tool for royalty collection, administration, and anti-piracy safeguards in the digital arena. The ISRC is usually inserted onto the CD master during the mastering session.
- There is not one country which collects royalties on the data base of the ISRC code.
- The ISRC code does not protect you in any way from theft by piracy.
- The ISRC code is not used for administration nor any other kind of bookkeeping at record companies, and also not used at any digital music sales shop worldwide.
- There is no ISRC code data bank where you can find a particular song when you know only the ISRC code.
The ISRC code is an attempt by UFPI (represented in the USA by RIAA), to give each song an unique code for identifying the country of origin, the record company which owns the distribution rights and an unique number for each song.