With input from the largest independent music distributors in the world, The MLC has developed a tool for distributors to interact with data on over 2M recordings and millions of dollars in associated unclaimed royalties.
The new Distributor Unmatched Recordings Portal (DURP) joins The MLC’s growing suite of tools and will allow distributors to see the publicly available data for the unmatched recordings they’ve released. This will allow them to work with their customers to register their songs with The MLC and claim any unmatched royalties for their songs.
By making it easier for distributors to see the unmatched data for the sound recordings they have distributed, The MLC hopes that more distributors will share this information with their customers and encourage those customers to make sure their works are properly registered with The MLC.
Distributors who tested an early version of this new portal include TuneCore, CD Baby, Believe, Repost by SoundCloud, Symphonic Distribution, Empire and Vydia. The MLC will now make the portal available to the other distributors who have distributed recordings The MLC has not yet been able to match.
“By giving these companies visibility into the data, we can help them serve their customers better and help The MLC reduce unclaimed royalties.”
– Dae Bogan, The MLC
“Our data has identified millions of dollars in unmatched digital audio mechanical royalties due to creators for songs they’ve recorded and released through more than 1,800 independent music distributors, aggregators and labels around the world,” explains project lead Dae Bogan, The MLC’s Head of Third-Party Partnerships. “By giving these companies visibility into the data, we can help them serve their customers better and help The MLC reduce unclaimed royalties.”
DURP has already begun to have a positive impact on creators. Alexander Ryan, an Australian songwriter and Pop artist who goes by the name RØNIN, recently learned about over $20,000 in previously unpaid royalties after his unmatched recordings were identified using DURP. He has since become a member of The MLC.