IPI (Interested Parties Information)
For music copyright societies, it is essential to identify the (copy)right holders, when some music work is copied or performed. Some years ago, the music copyright societies decided to use the CAE list, created and developed by SUISA, for this purpose. They appointed SUISA to be responsible for further development and operation of the CAE list.

After three decades of existence, the CAE list was showing limitations and shortcomings that makes it less adapted to the reality of the market.

A reconstruction of the CAE system was necessary.

The IPI System
The purpose of the IPI system is the global unique identification of a right holder acting across multiple creation classes (musical work, literary work, work of art etc.), assuming different roles (musical creator, film director, author of fine art etc.), and owning all rights (performing right, reproduction right, radio broadcast right etc.), determined by each creation class he deals with. This is related to the data exchange not only within the copyright societies, but also in the world-wide transaction processing with third parties, such as user organisations like radio and TV stations, sound carrier producers etc. The IPI system contains the real and artistic names of the right holders, as well as their nationalities and place of birth (natural persons) or foundation (legal entities), including their territory, time and share dimensioned agreements with the corresponding copyright societies. Around 4 Mio right holders (IPs) are today included in the IPI system.

Access to the IPI System
The IPI system is implemented by SUISA as a kernel server object running on their central computer system, providing services to connected clients using EDI (Electronic Data Interchange).

Multiple types of clients are available:
Conclusion
The IPI system which is designed, developed and operated by SUISA, is architected to support all types of intellectual property rights protection, not limited to copyright. It directs the international economic flow, between creation users and creation right holders, through administrative organisations. The IPI system is in fact the back bone administration tool for all collective, intellectual property protection organisations.

More information
IPI centre at SUISA, e-mail: ipi@suisa.ch, web site: http://www.ipisystem.org