IDA - International Documentation on Audiovisual works is a worldwide audiovisual rights management system and online database that Authors Societies consult to get accurate information on audiovisual works and rights owners.

IDA is a non-profit project and database, owned by CISAC (the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers).

IDA (International Documentation on Audiovisual works) is an online international database containing information on audiovisual productions such as movies, TV programs, documentaries, series,and short audiovisual works.

This global repertoire manages original productions, versions and adaptations in other languages and formats.

Each work registration contains a minimum set of information: original titles, foreign titles, subtitles, production companies, year and country of production, shooting languages, rights owners, ISAN (International Standard Audiovisual Number), IPI (Interested Party Information), exploitation purposes and a unique IDA code.

The Authors Societies use IDA to identify the transmitted audiovisual production and rights-owners, retrieve and treat the information before distributing the royalties to the identified sister organizations.
The sister organization itself will transfer these royalties to their Authors.
The unique IDA code is used between societies when exchanging information on an audiovisual work.

Before IDA, Authors' societies sent requests by e-mail or mail to sister societies, meaning more paperwork and rather long identification processes.

IDA is a CISAC tool and is a part of the CISAC Professional Rules and the Binding Resolutions for audiovisual societies, rules that aim to improve transparency and quality of service for all CISAC members. The IDA database is the property of CISAC.

Beginning in December 1993, Authors' Societies started to define international common standards and formats for documenting audiovisual works and rights owners.

The first database emerging from this process was defined by a working group in which the societies ALCS, BILDKUNST, SACD, SCAM, SGAE, CISAC and SSA took part. The database was first released on CD-ROM in 1996.

In 2002 it was decided to upgrade IDA to a web based system. Exchange protocols and new functionalities were designed in order to meet the societies' new needs. In 2005, the ownership of the system was transferred to CISAC.

The IDA database became available in June 2007 and is open to all CISAC member societies.

In 2012, a new version of the database was developed and released to respond to the clients needs for a more performing and user friendly application.

Key figures
The IDA database contains information on more than 1.3M audiovisual productions.
More than 50 Authors' Societies use the database on a regular basis.

Environment : Production - User test - Development

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