Our core functions as an organisation fall into the following areas:

Market research and global insight

  • The team works closely with member companies and National Groups providing industry analysis, insights, research and information on trends in the global recorded music market.
  • Consolidates and analyses global industry sales, while maintaining and developing the industry's reporting standards.
  • Examines changing consumer habits and digital developments by providing case studies, research and evaluation of the impact of piracy across different markets.

Legal Policy & Litigation

  • The legal policy and litigation teams coordinate our work for effective legal protection in all music markets and drive a global litigation strategy designed to disrupt and close down pirate services.
  • The legal policy team campaigns to secure better rights in those markets worldwide which are not up to international best practice. This includes worldwide recognition of full performance rights and the minimum 70-year term of protection for recorded music. It also informs IFPI’s voice in the copyright debate, promoting the role of copyright in supporting investment in music and licensing of digital music services.
  • The litigation team supports criminal prosecutions by public authorities, brings civil cases against businesses that facilitate infringement and works with intermediaries, such as ISPs and search engines, to tackle infringing sites and reduce piracy.

Performance rights

  • The IFPI global performance rights team works to grow performance rights revenues for record producers worldwide through:
  • Securing full performance rights in countries where they do not yet exist.
  • Setting up new music licensing companies (MLCs) to manage and collectively license performance rights in emerging markets, including in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
  • Improving the operation of the existing MLCs through identifying and implementing best practices.
  • Securing fair tariffs for the broadcasting and public performance of sound recordings.

Anti-piracy

  • A global team that supports member companies in all anti-piracy activities. Delivers 24/7 pre-release monitoring; a high volume notice and takedown programme, underpinned by a technical investigations resource to help establish the source of leaks.
  • Devises pioneering programmes to disrupt revenue streams to illegal online services, including working with enforcement agencies, payment providers and advertisers.
  • Tackles the continuing problem of physical format piracy, using our inhouse optical disc forensics laboratory, which is one of the world’s leading resources in this field.
  • Develops strategies and tools to tackle emerging forms of piracy.

International trade

  • IFPI’s trade team follows intergovernmental trade negotiations to help spread best practice in terms of protecting intellectual property rights.
  • Works to ensure that countries improve their mechanisms for copyright enforcement or change other regulatory conditions.

Technology

  • Manages the global implementation of the International Standard Recording Code, the key identifier for recordings on digital services such as iTunes
  • Works with the worldwide industry and technology partners on digital infrastructure such as DDEX, database initiatives and audio recognition
  • Technology insight, working with members, national groups and MLCs across all areas of digital music and related technology

Communications

  • Advises and supports National Groups and members in a wide range of campaigns and projects.
  • The Communications team produces high quality public information materials to support all the organisation’s key activities.
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IFPI offices

  • IFPI’s European office coordinates the industry's advocacy at EU level on the key issues affecting the business environment its members operate in. These include protection of copyright, enforcement, licensing, online regulatory issues and international trade.
  • IFPI’s Asian Regional Office covers markets across the continent. The team also works with the organisation’s representative office in Beijing to campaign to improve the legislative environment in China and open up the world’s second largest economy as a leading recorded music market.
  • IFPI’s Latin American office spearheads the industry’s activities across the region. Its longstanding efforts to improve the operations of music licensing companies have helped deliver a dramatic increase in performance rights revenues over recent years.
    For more information in Spanish about this region, please visit www.ifpilatina.org

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