IPI and CAE Numbers

To properly identify songwriters and publishers in the music industry, there is a special system of unique numbers. Today, we'll explore the differences between two key identifiers - IPI and CAE.

At first glance, these numbers appear identical. IPI (Interested Party Information) is often referred to as the CAE number, which stands for "Compositeur, Auteur, et Éditeur" - the French expression for "Composer, Author, and Publisher."

IPI and CAE numbers consist of 9-11 digits and are assigned to rightholders by copyright collective management organizations (CMOs/PROs) upon membership. Their main purpose is the unique identification of a songwriter or music publisher.

The differences between IPI and CAE are minimal. The reason is that some copyright societies, especially outside the U.S., historically used the CAE abbreviation instead of the more modern IPI. However, since 2001, the IPI system has become the globally accepted standard.

An important point: these numbers should never be confused with a performing rights organization's member identification number. IPI/CAE and Member ID are completely different things that cannot be used interchangeably.

If you don't know your IPI/CAE number, it's best to check with the copyright society where you hold membership. It is this organization that assigned you this international identifier.

So IPI and CAE are essentially the same thing, with only negligible differences. The correct use of these numbers is critically important for properly identifying authors and administering the royalties due to them from the use of musical works.

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