RIAA participates in technical standards work where creating a voluntary specification increases consumer confidence and reduces costs for its members. Some technical standards which RIAA has created or worked on include:
Watermark Payload Specification
RIAA has prepared a specification detailing a standard payload format for data included in a watermark added to music tracks. This is intended to increase interoperability between different watermarking technologies. Payloads that conform to the specification do not include any information about consumers or allow consumers to be directly identified. Copies of the watermark payload specification are available to potential implementers by sending your email address for delivery of the watermark payload specification, together with your name and affiliation to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global Release Identifier (GRid)
RIAA was instrumental in setting up GRid which is used to identify a release of music over electronic networks. Here a “release” means recordings and other media that are grouped together for commerce.
GRid International Agency: www.ifpi.org/grid
Digital Data Exchange
Of great interest to RIAA, though now a free standing organization, DDEX specifies electronic messages relating to trade in music. These report, for instance, the sales of particular tracks in a period.
Digital Data Exchange: www.ddex.net