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ISO 3901:2019(EN)

ISO 3901:2019(EN)

Information and documentation — International Standard Recording Code (ISRC)

ISO 3901:2019(EN) is created by Technical Committee ISO/TC 46, Information and documentation, Subcommittee SC 9, Identification and description.

ISO 3901:2019 edition was canceled and replaced by the second edition (ISO 3901:2001), which has been technically revised.

In addition, ISO 3901:2019, International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) is a standard identifying code that can be used to identify sound recordings and music video recordings. So that each such recording can be referred to uniquely and unambiguously.

An ISRC identifies a recording through its entire life and is assigned by the producer of the recording or an authorized representative. Once assigned, the ISRC is used among others the producer of the recording. As well as by other producers, contributors to the recording, users, and licensees of it. Moreover, collective management organizations representing the owners of the different rights in the recording, broadcasting and organizations. Also, media libraries and archives, musicologists, teachers, and application-software developers.

The use of ISRC instead of relying on text matching enables more efficient and accurate identification when information about recordings needs to be stored and retrieved or exchanged between parties. This is especially true when recordings have similar names but are different. Or when variations in spelling, language, or character set make text matching unreliable.


ISO 3901:2019 sets out the format of ISRC, the mechanisms to ensure the uniqueness of codes. And the ways in which ISRC is to be assigned to recordings.

ISO 3901:2019 specifies the International Standard Recording Code (ISRC) for the unique identification of recordings. The ISRC is applicable to the identification of audio recordings and music video recordings whether they are in analog or digital form.

The ISRC is applicable to music video recordings even if they have been assigned an International Standard Audiovisual Number (ISAN) in accordance with ISO 15706 (all parts). Or a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) in accordance with ISO 26324.

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