ISRC & Registration

The International Standard Recording Code (ISRC)

IFPI (Hong Kong Group) is the official agent in Hong Kong since the International Standard Recording Code was introduced as an recording identifier from the '90s. ISRC is a standard set by ISO for purpose of music recording title identification including by electronic means and we are happy to be the exclusive agent to administer the assignment of Registrant Code to sound /audiovisual recording copyright creators based in Hong Kong for purpose of publication of the recordings in the market, whether under physcal products or electronically in the online environment. The applicant upon proof of identity supported by Hong Kong business registration certificate (BR), or for individuals who are normally domicile in Hong Kong their ID card copy, and warrant that to observe and follow the rules set out under ISRC manual as published and revised from time to time, would be assigned the Registrant Codes.

The applicants would then use this Registrant Code to make up the rest of the ISRC to arise at an unique code to assign such to each individual recording it creates as a First Copyright Owner. The Registrant is responsible to keep records of all codes it assigned and the associated title information. Full ISRC rules can be downloaded from

Two Registrant Codes are assigned per successful applicant, one for sound recording (audio only recordings) and one for audiovisual recordings (such as music video). An undertaking by the applicant is required in NOT to assign ISRCs to copyright that it does not create or is not the first copyright owner. A mere licensee of recordings should ask the creator to supply the original ISRC for any use.

In applying for ISRC Registrant Code, the application should acquire a copy of the application form from IFPI (Hong Kong Group) Limited. The applicant should complete, sign the application form and return it with supporting documents for smooth processing. At present there is no fees for the application but which may change due to cost in administering ISRC and the system.

Recording Owners are encouraged to register their sound/audiovisual recordings with the Hong Kong Copyright Data Centre, a title registration database owned by IFPI (Hong Kong Group) Limited, subject to registration and rules by the Company. The benefit is of course anyone would be able to trace the registrant name from the ISRC for business enhancement and copyright administration. Attaining an ISRC Registrant Code from IFPI (Hong Kong Group) Limited does not make it a member of the group.

You may contact us for the application form at 2861 4313 , or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it